Prime Minister and Leader of the House Sheikh Hasina on Wednesday urged countrymen to remain alert to a section of politicians who make an appearance when the election nears.
"They're blind and deaf. They raise their head when the election comes in the country ... they dream of taking over state power through the backdoor," she said.
The Leader of the House was replying to a supplementary question raised by Jatiya Party lawmaker Fakhrul Imam during her question answer session in the House.
The prime minister said these politicians don't feel good when a democratic culture exists in the country. "When the country is moving ahead along the path of development, they don't see the progress ... they can’t even hear it," she said.
Sheikh Hasina said such politicians think that their importance rises when an undemocratic government comes to power and marital law or emergency is imposed in the country.
"They plan to go to power and flaunt the national flag ... but they do not have the ability to fulfill their desire. Because they don’t have the calibre to be elected through the polls. So they will always find a way to go to power through the backdoor," she said.
The prime minister said they also carry out researches. "But I don't know from which fund the money for the research comes," she said.
Sheikh Hasina said when the world looks at Bangladesh as a role model for development, these politicians say this didn't happen and that didn’t happen, and it would have been good had it been slightly better.
The Leader of the House said these politicians were delighted and in good spirits during the last caretaker government. "They thought that they will form a party and go to power but that didn't happen," she said.
She said they also tried to foil the election and go to power through the backdoor. "When the people resisted their attempts, they slept in bed," she said.
Responding to the Fakhrul Imam praising the PM for being recognised as a "Champion of Humanity" by Melbourne Decan University Centre of Australia for Human Leadership 2017, the prime minister said she didn't come to power to measure what she earned what she didn't get.
"I work for the people and their welfare ... such adjectives will not have any impact on me," she said.
Citing the famous poem Patriot by Robert Browning, Sheikh Hasina said the critics will use adjectives in one hand, but will also rebuke her when they find any little fault.
"I always keep the poetry book near at hand and read it regularly," she said.