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Come back to healthy politics, respond to call for dialogue PM urges Khaleda

Dhaka, 04 May, Abnews : Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina today urged the opposition leader to come back to healthy politics and respond to her call for dialogue to resolve the country’s current ‘political impasse’. Come back to healthy politics and respond to our call to sit for discussion to resolve the current ‘political stalemate’ by stopping the politics of killing and anarchy, she said. Criticizing the opposition for not postponing today’s scheduled rally in the capital, the Prime Minister said she had thought that the opposition would put off the rally and instead, they will donate the money they would spend for the rally to the Savar tragedy victims.

But they remain rigid for holding of the rally. They will now stage rally, later the grand rally..and from the rallies,they will reprimand the government. But ultimately it won’t bring any benefit for the country and the people, she said Sheikh Hasina, also the Awami League chief, said this in her introductory speech at a view-exchange meeting with grassroots leaders of Barguna district unit of the party at her official Ganobhaban residence here this morning.

The Prime Minister also called upon the opposition leader to keep faith in the people and said whatever conspiracies she (Khaleda Zia) hatch she cannot save the war criminals. Whatever conspiracies you hatch you cannot protect the 1971 culprits who unleashed atrocities during the war of liberation. There is no room for the war criminals in the country. Their trial must be held on this soil, she said.

Sheikh Hasina also directed her party leaders and workers to be more vocal and create public opinion about the violent acts of the opposition who are out to protect the war criminals. You will have to unite the people and resist the destructive politics of the opposition in the name of hartal to save war criminals, she said.

The Prime Minister said the opposition is unleashing rampage including killing people, torching and vandalizing vehicles and removing fishplates of the rail tracks across the country to save the war criminals who committed crimes against humanity in 1971.

AL Presidium Members Begum Matia Chowdhury, Sheikh Fazlul Karim Selim, Abdul Latif Siddiqui and Kazi Jafarullah, Joint General Secretary Mahbubul Alam Hanif and AL Organizing Secretaries BM Mozammel and Ahmed Hossain, Information and Research Secretary Advocate Afzal Hossain, Office Secretary Abdul Mannan Khan and former chief whip of the Jatiya Sangsad Abul Hasnat Abdullah were present, among others.

AL Organizing Secretary AFM Bahauddin Nasim conducted the iew-exchange meeting which was convened as part of a series of view exchange meetings with the grassroots-level leaders and workers initiated by the ruling Awami League at the end of the year 2011.

The office-bearers of Barguna district unit AL, national committee members, lawmakers of the party, administrator of Barguna District Council, presidents and general secretaries of upazila, thana, union and municipal units and upazila chairmen and vice-chairmen of the party, mayors and councillors of municipalities, chairmen of the union councils and presidents and general secretaries of the associate and like-minded bodies of the Awami League district unit were also present at the meeting.

The Prime Minister said BNP’s sympathy for the killers is nothing new as they always showed their impunity to the killers. She said BNP’s founder General Ziaur Rahman had stopped the war crimes trial initiated by Bangabandhu. General Zia not only halted the trial of the 1971 culprits, he also rehabilitated them in politics by making them ministers and parliament members, she said.

Sheikh Hasina said following the footsteps of General Zia, her wife tried to save the killers of Bangabandhu in different ways. Begum Zia made Colonel Rashid, a killer of Bangabandhu,leader of the opposition through the 15th February farcical elections, while gave job and promotion to an accused in the jail killing case, she said.

The Prime Minister said BNP had called hartal on the day, the verdict on the Bangabandhu murder case was announced, to protect the killers of the Father of the Nation. Begum Zia also handed over the national flags earned in exchange for bloods of three million martyrs to the identified war criminals by making them ministers, she said.

Terming Awami League as a party of the people, Sheikh Hasina said the policy and ideology of the party are to change the lot of the common people. We want to present a beautiful life to them by changing their fate, she said. Stressing the need for continuation of democracy, the Prime Minister said her government always tried to continue democratic and constitutional trend in the country and ensure people’s empowerment. The accountability of the government will be ensured if we could ensure democratic system in the country, she said.

Sheikh Hasina illustrated her government’s tremendous successes in the fields of agriculture, education, economy, health, information technology, food security and women empowerment. When Awami League comes to power, the people get something, but when BNP goes to power, the people get nothing except terrorism, militancy and corruption, she said.

She said her government has made massive development for the country’s southern region which was neglected for a long time.We have taken steps to restore lost glory of the southern region as a granary, she said. The Prime Minister said her government has taken steps to set up the country’s third seaport on the border of Patuakhali and Barguna district and a naval base at Ramnabad in Barguna.

We have also taken initiatives to establish shipbuilding industry in Patuakhali district, she said. She urged the party leaders and workers to project the government’s successes before the people side by side with strengthening the organizations at the grassroots level. You will have to work for the welfare of the people by further strengthening the organization, she said.


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