Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has said that the government filed no false lawsuit against BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia, rather all those cases are linked to her corruption and instigation for burning people alive and destruction in the name of movement.
Instead of giving the issue a political colour to the foreigners, the prime minister urged Khaleda to face the cases to prove that she is not guilty of misappropriating money of orphans and the arson attacks.
Hasina said this as central leaders of Bangladesh Jatiya Sramik League arrived at Ganabhaban on Wednesday to greet her marking the 47th founding anniversary of the organisation, reports BSS.
"Which case filed against her was false? Did not they burn people alive and set fire to hundreds of transports? People were killed at their instruction and many people are still suffering from their assault. So, how she will ignore it," the premier asked.
"They will embezzle orphans' money and kill innocent people, and then they will expect that no case will be filed against them. How is it possible? It is not a matter of delight," she said.
Shipping Minister and Vice-President of the organisation Shajahan Khan, Awami League Labour Affairs Secretary Habibur Rahman Suraj, President of Sramik League Shukkur Mahmud, Executive President of Sramik League Fazlul Haque Montu and General Secretary of the organisation Sirajul Islam also spoke on the occasion.
Bangladesh Jatiya Sramik League, the workers' front of Bangladesh Awami League, was founded in 1969 at the instruction of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman to mobilise the people of working class for liberation and establishing their rights.
Over the years, it has turned into a national trade union federation affiliated with the International Trade Union Confederation.
Sramik League leaders greeted the prime minister by presenting a bouquet of flowers on the occasion.
Mentioning about the false cases filed against her during the last caretaker government, the prime minister said that the caretaker government itself became frightened when she decided to appear in the court against the fake cases.
“Whereas now the BNP chairperson is afraid of appearing in the court as she embezzled the orphans' money and was involved in the killings,” Hasina said.
Reiterating her government's firm stand for bringing the allies of war criminals to book, the prime minister said that they unleashed the terrorist activities in 2013 and 2015 aimed at foiling the trial of the war criminals.
Those people, who allowed the war criminals to take oath as ministers, should also be tried, Hasina said.
BNP's giving indulgence to war criminals was the root cause of emergence of terrorists and militants in the country, she said, adding that the persons who gave upper hand to terrorists and militants should also be brought to book.
Hasina also urged the Sramik League leaders to strengthen the organisation in different sectors so that the government could implement its development activities in every sector smoothly.
"We know it very well what policies would be beneficial for the country, and the government has undertaken various short-, mid- and long-term plans to take forward the country, which helped to achieve over 7% economic growth," she said.
Hasina said all activities of her government were centred on the welfare of the working people and their economic prosperity as people of the country would get a decent life as much the country's economy would be stronger.
Recalling the role of Sramik League in all movements, the prime minister said that the sacrifice of 11 workers including Monu Mia on June 7, 1966 was the turning point of the flaring up of the movement against the subjugation. Working class people had also a great role in the mass-upsurge in 1969, she said.
Hasina said that her government had raised the wages of the labourers and wage commission has been declared for workers of 45 sectors. She said that the private sector was expanding fast while informal sectors growing where rights of labourers are still being ignored.
“So, it is necessary to take forward the trade union activities in those organisations,” she said, adding Sramik League should have more role in those sectors where the government has formed federation to look into the welfare of the workers.
Pointing out the raising of wages of the garment workers, the premier said that she had to play the role of a bargaining agent in the negotiation with the owners to raise their minimum wages to Tk5,300.
Hasina said the country's economy now stands on a firm footing where per capita income of the people and purchasing capacity of a labourer have been increased manifold. The government has adopted a policy for development of private sector to create job opportunities, she said.
The premier urged the Sramik league leaders to take an initiative for training of the workers to supplement the government efforts to send skilled workers abroad. She also asked them to work sincerely for successful implementation of her government's development activities taken for changing the lot of the common people.