Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Saturday alleged that the opposition BNP and anti-liberation forces alongside international quarters had been hatching conspiracies to hinder the country’s development.
“Both local and international conspiracies are going on against the country’s natural resources and its rapid development,” she said and urged the countrymen to remain alert to thwart such plots.
The prime minister said many countries were jealous about Bangladesh’s natural resources, especially the newly-owned maritime area. “Many of them do not want Bangladesh moves towards progress. And thus several conspiracies, both local and international, are on against the country.”
Also the ruling Awami League president, Hasina said these while talking to party’s grassroots-level leaders at Ganabhaban. As part of the series of meetings ahead of national elections, yesterday she held talks with the leaders of district, upazila and class one municipality units of eight districts. Hasina listened to them, and called for working together for the party.
The premier alleged that BNP could sacrifice the country’s resources to assume power. “We have started the trials of war criminals and we are getting the verdicts. For this, the anti-liberation forces are annoyed over us, and hence, they are hatching conspiracy. This conspiracy will continue before and after the elections,” she claimed.
The BNP-led alliance, Jamaat and Hefazat are “spreading propaganda against the Awami League in a planned way to mislead people.”
The grassroots leaders raised some issues of disputes that are hurting the party’s unity. They also blamed several lawmakers for weakening the party’s strength by creating their own circles and ignoring the devoted activists. They urged the party chief to drop those leaders, sources in the meeting said.
Leaders from Saidpur upazila in Nilphamari raised corruption and nepotism allegations against local lawmaker Col (retd) MA Maruf Saklain, meeting sources said.
Chuadanga’s Alamdanga and Damurhuda upazila leaders alleged that local MP Solaiman Haque Jowarder was isolated from the district-level supporters and that he did not let anyone becoming influential in the party.
Damurhuda upazila Awami League General Secretary Mahfuzur Rahman Manju told the meeting that there was no chain of command in the party in his area.
Bogra’s Dhunat leaders spoke against MP Habibur Rahman, while those from Kahalu against women reserve seat MP Khadeja Khatun.
Dhunat upazila President Nurunabbi Tareque said MP Habib had been giving jobs to BNP activists in exchange of money. He demanded that district AL General Secretary Mujibur Rahman Majnu be given nomination for the next elections.
Kahalu upazila President Helal Uddin Kabiraj claimed that Khaeda Khatun had visited the constituency rarely. He demanded that district unit President Mamtaz Uddin be nominated to contest the polls, instead of Jatiya Samajtantrik Dal leader Rezaul Karim Tansen.
Meeting insiders said leaders from Muladi and Babuganj of Barisal said local MP Golam Kibria Tipu of Jatiya Party had strong connection with the leaders of BNP-Jamaat.
Meanwhile, leaders from Gouranadi of Barisal mentioned that intra-party conflict and Hefazat’s propaganda were behind the party’s defeat in Barisal city corporation elections. They put forward the name of central leader Abul Hasnat Abdullah for the next elections.