DHAKA, April 2 (BSS) - Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina today called upon the countrymen to remain alert about those who took money from the defeated forces and who are out to try to save war criminals.
"Those who took money from the defeated force want to take revenge of their defeat in 1971 through the money," she said while addressing a view-exchange meeting with the grassroots leaders of Sirajganj District Awami League at her official Ganobhaban residence.
Sheikh Hasina, also the chief of Bangladesh Awami League, said it is a shame for the nation to receive money from a defeated force, which carried out the history's worst atrocities and protect those, who committed heinous crimes against humanity during our Liberation War in 1971.
The Prime Minister categorically said there wolld be no room of militancy and Bangla Bhai as well as those who siphoned off money abroad and who embezzled orphans' money.
Referring to the unbridled corruption from 2001 to 2006, Sheikh Hasina said the BNP-Jamaat four-party alliance government had given the corruption an institutional shape during their rule.
"At that time, corruption was spread like a disease, and the BNP-Jamaat government destroyed society and administration through the corruption," she said.
Deputy Leader of the House Syeda Sajeda Chowdhury, AL Presidium members Abdul Latif Siddiqui and Kazi Jafarullah, Adviser to the Prime Minister HT Imam, General Secretary Syed Ashraful Islam, Joint General Secretary Mahbubul Alam Hanif, former minister Mohammad Nasim, AL Organizing Secretary Abu Sayeed Al Mahmud Swapan and AL central leader and former chief whip Abul Hasnat Abdullah were present at the meeting, among others.
Presidents and general secretaries of all the upazila, thana, municipal and union units under Sirajganj district unit, party's upazila chairmen and vice-chairmen, municipal mayors and councillors, chairmen of union parishads and presidents and general secretaries of the associate bodies of the party's district and upazila units were also present.
About the opposition's threat to wage movement, the Prime Minister said, "We can understand their heart-burning . . . they are threatening for movement as they cannot commit corruption and resort to terrorism and militancy like the past."
Sheikh Hasina said the BNP-Jamaat alliance government wanted to cling to power by politicizing the Election Commission and preparing a voters' list with 1.23 crore fake voters. "The subsequent caretaker government was the outcome of the misdeeds of the four-party alliance government," she said.
Expressing her firm determination of completion of the trial of war criminals, the Prime Minister said none would be able to stop the trial of the killers responsible for killing the country's intellectuals and three million people.
"They could not foil the trial of the killers of Bangabandhu, and they would not be able to stop the trial of war criminals," she asserted.
Referring to brutal torture and repression made on the opposition leaders and workers during the rule of the four-party alliance, Sheikh Hasina said the peace-loving people of the country could not forget the horror story of torture and repression.
"The country was turned into a safe heaven for terrorists and militants during their five- year rule," she said.
The Prime Minister said after assuming office in 2009 her government freed the country from stigma of militancy and terrorism by curbing these menaces in an iron hand.
Sheikh Hasina said her present government like the previous AL government has created an investment-friendly atmosphere in the country by restoring confidence of the entrepreneurs.
Highlighting various successes of the present government in different fields including agriculture, education, health, power, and women empowerment, Sheikh Hasina said the present government has been able to add 3,300 MW electricity to the national grid.
The Prime Minister said the Awami League has brought the independence and it would ensure the economic freedom of the people.
"We have liberated the country in exchange of a sea of blood and we have been working hard to ensure food, social safety, education and healthcare of the people," she said.
Stressing the need for maintaining good relations with the neighbouring countries, the Prime Minister said no country achieves its desired goal by maintaining strained relations with its neighbours.
Referring to the victory against Myanmar in the International Tribunal of the Law on the Sea, Sheikh Hasina said her government would bring about a positive result for the country regarding the maritime boundary dispute with India if Awami League gets scope for formation of the government again.
Criticizing the past governments for not taking any steps for resolving the maritime boundary issue, the Prime Minister said they were busy in plundering the people's money and commit corruption and terrorism instead of changing the fate of the people.
Sheikh Hasina called upon the grassroots leaders of the party to highlight the government's massive successes in different fields including education, health, agriculture, women empowerment and social safety net before the people side by side with strengthening the organization.