PM swipes at Prothom Alo for ‘misleading survey’
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Wednesday castigated vernacular daily Prothom Alo for publishing what she said a misleading survey report on the caretaker government issue.
“One paper wrote 90 percent of the total population back caretaker government…those who believe in democracy need to be alert about this newspaper,” she said.
The Prime Minister, also the President of the ruling Awami League, said this while delivering her speech at an extended meeting of Awami League central working committee at her official residence Ganobhaban.
Hasina said the newspaper wanted to confuse people with unreliable information and urged people to remain alert regarding their misdeeds.
Referring to the short story that Prothom Alo published a couple of weeks back, the Prime Minister said everybody is aware about the character of this newspaper.
“They published an indecent story on Ganajagaran Mancha. Later, they apologised. Is there any reliability of their information,” she questioned.
Hasina said the newspaper in its survey elicited opinions only from 3,000 people from the 160 million people of the country. “Where are the supporters of our party, where are their opinions. We got 52 percent vote of the total voters last time,” she said.
The Prime Minister also mentioned that only AL got 48 percent votes, while the grand alliance 52 percent. “If we deduct 48 percent from the 90 percent, where are our voters,” she wanted to know.
Hasina recalled the role of this newspaper during the 1/11 period. “I’m sure you didn’t forget the role of this newspaper and what role they played in the last caretaker government.”