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Khaleda Zia queen of destruction: PM

Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha . Charghat

Prime minister Sheikh Hasina on Saturday dubbed BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia the ‘queen of destruction’ as she said the BNP chief did not know any other politics except destruction.
‘She (Khaleda) can only take, but cannot give anything,’ the prime minister said, adding that BNP’s coming to power means return of terrorism and militancy in the country.
‘She cannot give anything positive for the country except terrorism and militancy,’ Hasina said while addressing a mammoth public meeting at Charghat High School ground here.
The prime minister said BNP unleashed a reign of terror when it was in power from 2001 to 2006. ‘They had created a dreadful Bangla Bhai along with widespread militancy in the country during their five-year misrule,’ she said.
State minister for foreign affairs Shahriar Alam MP, former food minister Dr Abdur Razzaque, former state minister and AL joint secretary Jahangir Kabir Nanak, former state minister Omar Faruq Chowdhury and former Rajshahi city mayor Kahiruzzaman Liton, among others, addressed the rally. Charghat upazila Awami League arranged the rally with its president Anwar Hossain in the chair.
Before the January 5 polls, Sheikh Hasina said, BNP had announced that they would not allow holding the elections, knowing well that people are the owners of their voting right. ‘They were out to resist the polls by enforcing hartal and blockade. But the people did not respond to their movement.’
She said BNP took a beastly revenge on the countrymen by burning the people to death as they did not respond to its movement. They killed 135 people, 26 bus passengers, 55 bus drivers and 18 members of police, BGB and army by enforcing blockades for 34 days.
Sheikh Hasina, also the president of Awami League, said BNP’s movement means killing of the people through its frequent hartal and blockade programmes.
She wondered as to how a sensible person can kill another person by pouring petrol.
She referred to a recently published survey conducted by the US-based Democracy International (DI) which showed Awami League would have won the January 5 elections by at least a 5.8 per cent margin even if BNP-Jamaat had participated in the polls.
‘This amply proves that BNP would have suffered a sure defeat and knowing well about its bad luck, this party did not take part in the polls,’ she said.
The prime minister said for this reason Khaleda Zia had opted for hartal and blockade, unleashing terrorist acts including burning the people to death, removing the railway fishplates and felling trees on the roads.
She pointed at the attacks on the people of all faiths by the BNP and Jamaat-Shibir terrorists before and after the January 5 polls and said none - Muslim or Hindu - could escape from the wrath of the BNP-Jamaat clique.
The prime minister said she had extended her hands of cooperation to Khaleda Zia by offering her (BNP chief) to sit for a dialogue to solve the ongoing problems. ‘Instead of a rational response as was expected, Khaleda Zia turned down my proposal and chose the path of violence and anarchy,’ she said.
She said Khaleda Zia had cursed her party with a humiliating failure by enforcing a hollow movement with no response from the people. ‘This is yet another failure in her life after dozens of the same including the first failure she had experienced in her matriculation examination,’ she said.
The people had given a befitting reply to Khaleda Zia through the January 5 polls, she said adding that more than 40 per cent people had cast their votes in the polls braving hartal and blockades.
She said had Khaleda Zia any shame, she would not have burnt the people to death.
She asked the BNP chief to stop hartal and burn the people to death. ‘Don’t create any unrest in public life,’ she said.
Referring to the participation of the upcoming upazila parishad polls by BNP and Jamaat, Sheikh Hasina said they had boarded again on a train after missing the January 5 polls train.

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