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Unelected person not allowed to assume power – PM

Update : 30 May 2013, 07:40 AM

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina Thursday categorically said any unelected person would not be allowed to assume power in the country under any circumstances.

Terming opposition BNP’s demand for restoring the caretaker system as “illogical”, she said the next general elections in the country would be held in ways similar to those in the other countries of the world having parliamentary democracy.

Hasina, who is also the ruling Awami League president, came up with the remarks at a view-exchange meeting with the party’s Madaripur chapter at the PM’s official residence, Ganabhaban.

Hasina claimed that more than 5,000 elections, including by-polls and mayoral elections, were held during the tenure of the incumbent government and none could raise any claims of irregularities over the results.

“There were so many trials with the elections of the country in the past. The country has witnessed how the people were oppressed during the election period,” she said.

The PM said election was a constitutional right of the people and thus the person who got the highest votes would win.

She urged people to stay alert so events like 1/11 could not be staged in the country again and patrons of militants could not come to power.

Hasina also asked her party workers to resist any move that could create another 1/11-like situation to pave way for unelected people to assume office: “There will be no benefit if any unelected person is brought in the process.”

The PM further urged opposition leader Khaleda Zia to join the parliament, saying: “I ask the opposition chief to join the sessions of parliament or you would lose the seats and you know that very well what will happen after losing the seats.”

Criticising BNP for anarchic activities in the guise of demonstrations, Hasina said, “We buy the wagons of rail. She has her acute anger over the transport as she set fire on bogies and buses,” she said, adding “I do not know whether she has a bus service business.”

While addressing the programme, Hasina bitterly criticised Hefazat-e-Islam for carrying out “subversive activities” during the May 5 Dhaka siege programme.

“Those who do not believe in Islam, burn the holy Quran, how can they do politics in the name of Islam?” she said and warned that Hefazat would not be permitted to conduct such activities further.

After her speech, a closed-door meeting was held. Leaders of the Madaripur grassroots spoke at the meeting. AL leaders, including Syeda Sajeda Chowdhury, Alauddin Ahmed, Mahbub-ul Alam Hanif, Ahmod Hossain, BM Mozammel Haque, AFM Bahauddin Nasim and Mrinal Kanti Das were present among others.

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