BNP, Oikyafront took part in polls with evil intention: PM


Desk report, Feb 15: Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina today said from the very beginning BNP had an evil intention to make the last general election questionable despite their participation in the polls.“Though BNP had taken part in the election, they always had an intention to make the polls questionable as their popularity dropped into the lowest level and had no chance to win the electoral race,” she said, reports BSS.

The prime minister said this while addressing a reception accorded to her by expatriate Bangladeshi nationals here last night.

The prime minister in her maiden overseas visit after assuming office last month for the fourth time arrived in Munich on Thursday to attend a security conference.

Pointing out the reasons of colossal defeat of BNP in the last general election, the prime minister said BNP won only 28 seats in the 2008 general election and none had raised question about the acceptance of that election.

“How they expect better results than 2008 even after committing mayhem in the name of political movement over the last few years,” she said adding that people didn’t forget the terrorist activities of BNP which they unlashed across the country in 2013, 2014 and 2015.

BNP was not sincere to win the election as it sensed it’s defeat, which was the reality, she said.

“Khaleda Zia is convicted for swallowing orphans fund and Tarique Zia is convicted for smuggling 10-truck arms and ammunition as well as for grenade attack. So, the big question is why people would give them vote in the election.” she said.

Moreover, BNP fielded many Jamaat-e-Islami leaders giving them ‘Paddy Sheaf’, the electoral symbol of BNP, which was also a major cause of losing public support in the election, Sheikh Hasina said.

Foreign Minister AK Abdul Momen, president of All European Awami League Anil Dasgupta and president of UK chapter of Awami League Sultan Mahmud Sharif also spoke on the occasion conducted by Bangladesh ambassador in Germany Imteaz Ahmed.

Leaders of different chapters of Awami League in European countries greeted the prime minister presenting bouquets.

Sheikh Hasina said BNP could not make it clear to the people who would be their prime minister and who form the government if they win the election.

Sheikh Hasina also blamed BNP’s nomination trade as one of the major reason for their debacle in the election saying BNP had given nomination to at least three or more persons in every constituency.

BNP was more critical about Awami League in the election campaign instead of making people aware of their future plan. But, people of Bangladesh better know what Awami League have done for them, the prime minister said.

Sheikh Hasina said Awami League has given people better life. During the tenure of Awami League, monthly income of the people has been increased and they are living in peace. Their living standard is getting improved day by day, which people can understand.

On the other hand, the prime minister said, “We have given importance on our future plan, giving focus on how we want to see our country in future. Our past development works are very much visible to the people and we have furnished our future plan in our election manifesto.”

Awami League has earned independence and established the people’s right to speak in mother tongue, the premier said, adding Bangladesh would go ahead and none would be able to dominate it as Awami League is now working for economic emancipation of the country.

Now, BNP and their ally Okiyo Front are trying to make the December 30 election questionable and filed cases at seven places, the prime minister said, adding as per election law they can file case in the election tribunal and Awami has no objection to it.

The corruption of BNP leaders are being exposed slowly by US intelligence and Canada and their documents are the main evidences of the lawsuits filed against Khaleda Zia and her son,” she said.