The attacks have occurred at a time when the government is fighting Covid-19 and keeping the economy running at the same time, says the prime minister
Prime Minister and Leader of the House Sheikh Hasina on Sunday told the parliament that why arson attacks on buses have been carried out afresh while the government has been trying to keep running the country’s economy and livelihoods of its people.
“Without having any say, arson attacks on buses have been launched all of a sudden. Why and what is the reason behind it? Elections are being held. They [BNP] took part in the polls just for participation.
“They keep the money in their pocket which they get [in the name of election]. They did nothing for [winning] the election and didn’t give agents. But they want to create a situation by setting fire on buses after boycotting the election in the middle of it,” she said, reports BSS.
She was speaking at the parliament while taking part in the general discussion on a resolution on the Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman’s life and works to pay glowing tribute to him marking the “Mujib Borsho” on the occasion of his birth centenary.
Hinting at the BNP, the prime minister asked why arson attacks on buses have been carried out once again while the government and the people on the one hand have been trying to fight the coronavirus and on the other hand, keep running the wheels of the country’s economy and livelihoods of its people.
“We have been doing whatever necessary to fight the coronavirus and keep running the country’s economy and livelihoods of the people. Now the big question is what are the complaints,” she posed a question referring to measures taken by her government to offset the onslaught of the Covid-19 on the economy and livelihoods.
The prime minister said the government even has paid money in advance for getting the vaccine of the lethal virus once it is ready mainly to start vaccination of the people from the very beginning.
She added that said the government has announced various stimulus packages equivalent to over 4% of the GDP to overcome the standstill situation that was created across the globe in wake of the Covid-19 pandemic.
The prime minister, however, called upon all to work in unison to change the fate of the countrymen by building a “Golden Bangladesh” free from hunger and poverty as envisioned by the father of the nation.
“Let us work together to change the fate of the people of our motherland. Let us build a ‘Sonar Bangladesh’ free from hunger and poverty as dreamt by the father of the nation,” she said.
After holding five days of special discussion, the resolution was passed unanimously in the parliament tonight with Speaker Dr Shirin Sharmin Chaudhury in the chair.
‘Bangabandhu's idea behind BAKSAL interpreted wrongly’
The prime minister said that the Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman formed Bangladesh Krishak Sramik Awami League in a bid to make the whole nation united, but the whole idea was interpreted wrongly.
“What he had said during the constitutional amendment was interpreted in totally the opposite way. He had taken an excellent step to bring about a change in the fate of all people including the poor. It was spoiled, which was very unfortunate,” she said, reports UNB.
Hasina said Bangabandhu announced the programs for the second revolution for the socio-economic development of the people of this country as he had a goal to make rapid socio-economic development of Bangladesh.
But many sorts of criticism started for the step he had taken. Many things were said including that he arranged a one-party rule and wanted to grip power, she added.
“When the father of the nation formed the Bangladesh Krishak Sramik Awami League, he wanted to unite the whole nation. He had made a call for unity taking all classes of people,” said the prime minister, the eldest daughter of Bangabandhu.
She added that he had a goal to boost the production of the country and make the socio-economic development of the people.
“The criticism started in such a way. It was unfortunate that he was brutally killed. As a result, he could not do that work,” she went on.
Noting that the only goal of the father of the nation behind the move was to bring smiles on the face of the unhappy people, Hasina said he amended the constitution and took a five-year program.
“I believe that if he could have done it in the next five years, now Bangladesh would be established as a developed country in the world. But unfortunately, he was not allowed to do so,” she said.
Meanwhile, President M Abdul Hamid witnessed today’s proceedings of the parliament from the presidential box.
He also delivered his speech focusing on the life, works, and philosophy of Bangabandhu in the special session.
The prime minister earlier on Monday [November 9] tabled the resolution in parliament under Rule-147 (1) of the Rules of Procedure of the House to hold a special discussion on life, works, and philosophy of Father of the Nation.
In the last days of discussion in the special session, Awami League lawmakers, Agriculture Minister Dr Muhammad Abdur Razzaque, Begum Matia Chowdhury, Chief Whip Noor-E-Alam Chowdhury, Begum Wasika Ayesha Khan, Muhammad Shafiqur Rahman, Md Emaz Uddin Pramanik, and Ali Ashraf took part in the discussion.
Jatiya Party (JaPa) lawmakers, Opposition Leader of the House Raushon Ershad, Deputy Leader GM Quader, and Kazi Firoz Rashid also spoke on the occasion.