Issuing a strong warning to the opposition, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday said Khaleda Zia would be held accountable for the recent violence and that BNP-Jamaat would have to take responsibility for their crimes.
“The people of the country have already tolerated enough. If you think that you will get away with killing innocent people, policemen, rickshawpullers and drivers, you are wrong. You and your ally, Jamaat-e-Islami, will have to shoulder the responsibility for these violent acts,” Hasina said while addressing a huge rally, organised by the district Awami League at Zilla School grounds yesterday afternoon.
Hasina, also the Awami League chief, urged her supporters to put up strong resistance against the destructive activities being unleashed by the opposition.
“You will also have to be united to ensure peace and security for the people,” she told the crowd.
Reiterating her firm commitment to try the war criminals, Hasina said there is no room on this soil for those who committed crimes against humanity in 1971. “Their trial must be held to free the nation from stigma,” she said.
She said the opposition is imposing hartals to protect war criminals, and asked the people to remain vigilant so that BNP-Jamaat can’t play “ducks and drakes” with the fate of the people. The prime minister called upon the opposition leader not to enforce hartals during the ongoing HSC examinations and Bangladesh Games. Earlier, the Prime Minister unveiled plaques at the meeting venue to inaugurate five food godowns, the Comilla Registry Office, a divisional technical training centre, upgradation of Comilla General Hospital to 500 beds from 250, Daudkandi and Homna Fire Service and Civil Defence Stations, an office building and two hostels of the Youth Training Centre, Mahonganj Upazila Parishad Building, a 50-MW Peaking Power Plant atTitasUpazila, Academic and Administrative Building of Sheikh Fazilatunnesa Multipurpose Technical College, Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman Hall of Comilla University, a 10MVA 33/1 KV Power Sub- Station and a 33KV Source Line, an office-cum-processing and training centre of Coordinated Horticulture Development Project (2nd phase), upgradation of Brahmanpara Upazila Hospital to 50 beds from 31,the gate of language hero Shaheed Dhirendranath Dutta Stadium, Dr T Hossain Hostel, Professor Dr Feroza Begum Hostel, Sheikh Russel Hall, Dr Shah Alam Bir Uttam Hall, Fenchuganj- Bibiyana-Comilla 230 KV Transmission Line and Chandina-Iliotganj- Krishnapur Road.
She also laid the foundation stones for an academic-cum-examination hall of Comilla Victoria College, and expansion works of Comilla Medical College Girls’ Hostel and Nangolkote Upazila Parishad Bhaban.
Meanwhile, expressing gratitude to the people for presenting 9 out of 11 seats to AL in the last general elections, Hasina urged the people of the district to reelect her party in the next elections for the sake of continuing the development trend.
She said all the elections held in the last four years of the present government were staged in a free, fair and impartial manner. “The BNP candidate won in the Comilla City Corporation polls, so how can the opposition leader claim there was rigging in the elections?” she said. Mentioning that Awami League believes in the people’s empowerment, Hasina said that the next elections would also be held in a free, fair and impartial manner. She said her government has been working relentlessly to ensure overall socioeconomic development of the country and its people. The country did not witness such development in the past as all schools, colleges, roads and bridges got the touch of uplift, she said. “Our aim is to ensure overall development of the country and we are working ceaselessly to achieve this goal,” she said.