799Published on May 8, 2023
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has called the BNP-Jamaat vote thieves, saying the Bangladesh people will vote for Awami League (AL) in the next elections as she was accorded a civic reception by expatriate Bangladeshis in the United Kingdom (UK).
"They (BNP-Jamaat) will destroy Bangladesh. So, make sure that the BNP-Jamaat clique couldn't come to power again," she told the function held at London Marriott Hotel here on Sunday (local time).
The prime minister also called upon the countrymen not to cast votes for BNP-Jamaat as they're out to destroy the country.
She said her party will win the next general polls as it is always beside the people in their needs.
"Insha Allah, the people will give us scope to serve them. All (AL leaders and activists) will have to work confidently as we can win the vote," the premier said.
She, as well, expressed her hope that the people of the country will not keep their trust in the BNP-Jamaat.
Sheikh Hasina said: "They (BNP) laundered the country's money abroad and much destroyed the country. So, how the people will have confidence in them."
She said the people have already known they (BNP-Jamaat) are thieves, corrupts, killers, grenade attackers, looters and patrons of killers.
The premier said that the BNP-Jamaat nexus siphoned off the money and put the country on the verge of destruction.
She said that Tarique Rahman has been sentenced for his corruption and the government has been able to bring back some Tk 40 crore that was siphoned off by Khaleda Zia's younger son Coco.
The premier reiterated her vow that the country will be a Smart Bangladesh by 2041, saying, "We have formulated Delta-2100 plan. We have to take the country forward."
She said that there will also be no homeless, landless people in the country.
"Awami League works for the welfare of the people. No person in Bangladesh will remain without food," she added.
The prime minister again dubbed the BNP and its leaders as vote thieves, saying, "Tarique Zia is a vote thief and his mother is also a vote thief."
She said that Awami League did not come to power through vote rigging like BNP-Jamaat.
"Awami League always fights for the rights of the people. It comes to power after being elected by the people. It never grabbed or stole power," she said.
The premier asked the BNP leaders how many parties did participate in the February 15, 1996 election and how many votes were cast.
Sheikh Hasina, also AL president, said that the people of the country are aware enough of their right to vote.
"We have made the people aware of it," she said.
The prime minister said no one has anything to say about the 2008 election.
"What was the result of that election? How many seats did BNP's 20-party alliance get? The 20-party coalition won 29 seats in that election and 1 in a by-election, totalling 30 seats. And the remaining seat was of the Awami League-led alliance. We got all. What is their (BNP-Jamaat) position to the people that they jump so much?" she said.
The prime minister also briefly enunciated her government's various development programmes in the last 14 years.