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BNP plundered national resources during its rule: PM

UNB . Dhaka
01 Aug 2022 15:57:58 | Update: 01 Aug 2022 16:45:36
BNP plundered national resources during its rule: PM
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina addresses while inaugurating virtually a voluntary blood donation programme in Dhaka on Monday, August 1, 2022 — PID Photo

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Monday said saving power and fuel oil does not mean that there had been looting in the sector.

“Rather, the BNP plundered during their regime. We, after coming to power, stopped that indiscriminate looting and developed the country,” she said.

The prime minister said this while inaugurating a voluntary blood donation programme arranged by the Bangladesh Krishak League in front of Bangabandhu Memorial Museum at Dhanmondi-32 in Dhaka.

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She joined the programme virtually from her official residence Ganabhaban.

Krishak League arranged the voluntary blood donation programme and discussion as part of the month-long programme of Awami League and its associate organisations to mark the National Mourning Day commemorating the martyrdom of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.

The prime minister said that all countries across the globe have gone for austerity in power and fuel oil in the wake of the worldwide crisis due to the Russia-Ukraine war as the entire world including the developed countries is in hardship.

“All have to keep that in their mind. When developed countries are facing serious troubles, we have taken precautionary measures to avoid falling in any danger in the coming days,” she said.

"Keeping that in mind we are maintaining austerity."

She said that the present Awami League government upgraded the power sector with the capability of producing 24,000MW from only 3,500MW.

“It was not possible if there was any looting here. When there is any looting in any sector, it shrinks,” she said.

Sheikh Hasina, also the ruling Awami League chief, said that those who reduced the electricity production from 4,300MW to 3,000MW were engaged in looting.

“And those who have been able to increase the production they utilise every penny for the betterment,” she added.

She said her government has taken all necessary measures keeping in mind the possible hardship due to the Ukraine war so that the common people do not have to suffer.

She mentioned that the BNP and its allies destroyed the spirit and ideology of the nation on which Bangladesh emerged through huge sacrifice and long struggle under the leadership of Bangabandhu.

Pointing out misrule of the regimes after 1975, the prime minister said, Zia snatched the voting rights of the people forming a party by staying in the state power illegally and gave curfew democracy instead.

The people had no rights during the tenure of military dictator Zia and so was during the Ershad regime, she said.

The prime minister said the BNP leaders should not talk about the election as the BNP staged fake voting at Magura, Mirpur and in Dhaka-10 constituency in the past.

In her speech, the Awami League president highlighted the long struggles and sacrifices of the Father of the Nation since 1948 for the cause of the rights of mother tongue and establishing independent Bangladesh.

Talking about the August 15 massacre, Sheikh Hasina, the eldest child of Bangabandhu, in an emotion-choked voice said that her father, mother and brothers were killed by the Bangalees for whom her father sacrificed his whole life.

“I never find the answer to this question, how could the Bangalees do such kind of hypocrisy and dishonesty?” she wondered.

She mentioned that just before 1975 there was false propaganda against Bangabandhu and his family members, and Awami League leaders.

The prime minister said that her party had been able to restore democracy in the country through long movements and struggles.

“If real democracy prevails in a country, the fate of the people changes totally. Today’s Bangladesh is an example of that," she said.