Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Wednesday came down heavily on the members of civil society in Bangladesh by describing them as the “dustbin of politics and power.”
"There are some people who're always ready to sell themselves to evil forces, almost like dustbins beside roads where it's written ‘use me,’ she said while responding to a supplementary question from ruling party MP Fazilatun Nesa Bappy in Parliament during her Q&A session.
“They're also like that [trash bin] who hang up on their chests 'use me' for politics and power," she said.
Questioning even the meaning of the term civil society, she said: "Based on which theory these people call themselves civil? This question comes up when they don't want to see anything even after seeing, don't want to hear anything even after hearing and don't want to understand anything. I don't know whether they're civil or uncivil.”
The leader of the House also said ‘these people’ are always ready to grab state power through martial law whenever a turmoil goes on.
"These people are attention-seekers. What they crave is flag [flag hoisted in official vehicle]," she said.
"There's a section of people who never want to go to the people. They always look for other means to be there in power."
Claiming Bangladesh is marching ahead with accelerated development activities, she said: "But this is very unfortunate that some people of the country don't see this development. They're blind despite having eyes; they're deaf despite having ears."
She also said no one can make them understand this development of the country. "This is one kind of sickness because their eyes are on illegal ways to grab power," the PM told Parliament.
Castigating BNP over its renewed push of creating a level playing field before election, the premier said if anyone believes in democracy then one should go to the people and participate in the election.
Recently, Centre for Policy Dialogue (CPD) said the banking sector of Bangladesh has become a "growing malignancy" for the economy due to rising bad loans and lack of governance.
The think-tank also mentioned that the gap between the rich and poor has widened despite the continued economic growth in the country.