Govt to handle current situation, says PM

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She reiterates Khaleda will have to pay price

Accusing the BNP activists of acting like their Jamaat counterparts, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Thursday voiced her confidence that she will be able to tackle the country’s ongoing situation as people are with her government and Khaleda Zia will have to pay the price for her political mistake.

“If any wrong decision is taken in politics, then the person concerned has to pay for that. Khaleda Zia had taken a wrong decision by boycotting the last general election (held on Jan 5 last year). Why should the nation and the common people pay for that? It’s she (Khaleda) who will have to pay dearly,” she said.

The Prime Minister was addressing the inaugural session of the three-day 19th Biennial Conference of the Bangladesh Economic Association (BEA) held at the Institution of Engineers, Bangladesh auditorium in the city’s Ramna area.

Hasina alleged when her party assumed office through the January-5 polls and thus strengthened democracy, BNP was moving ahead with its movement.

“The BNP chief has called for countrywide blockade and her blockade has caused arsons and killings — nothing else. BNP activists are acting the way Jamaat men do,” she added.

Law Commission Chairman ABM Khairul Haque spoke on the occasion as the guest of honour with BEA President Dr Abul Barkat in the chair. Convenor of the BEA Conference Preparatory Committee Dr Jamaluddin Ahmed gave the welcome address.

Earlier, the Prime Minister handed over the BEA Gold Medal-2015 to the family members of four renowned economists. The recipients of the BEA Gold Medals are Prof Dr Ashok Mitra, Dr Mosharraf Hossain (Posthumous), Prof Dr Nurul Islam and Lutfur Rahman Sarker (Posthumous).

At the function, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and Chairman of the Law Commission former Chief Justice ABM Khairul Haque were given ‘Honorary Life Time Membership’ of the BEA in recognition to their contributions to the country and its people. Hasina later devoted her lifetime membership of BEA to the country’s people.

In her speech, Sheikh Hasina said it was BNP’s own decision not to participate in the last general election and they did it out of sympathy for Jamaat as it could not contest the polls for losing its registration with the Election Commission.

Recalling the countrywide terrorism unleashed by the BNP-Jamaat-Shibir to thwart the January-5 polls, she said had the election not taken place, then there could have been state of emergency again or any unconstitutional system.

Referring to the BNP-Jamaat, the PM said it was unfortunate for the nation that many are now engaging in terrorist and militant acts by not getting public support. “What kind of movement is this? Killing people is not a movement or mass movement rather terrorist and militant acts,” she added.

Hasina said the people who never believed in the country’s independence always want to create obstacles to its development and they want to make the nation dependent on others.

Referring to the construction of the Padma Bridge, Sheikh Hasina said the government has started the works with its own finance overcoming all the conspiracies at home and abroad.

The Prime Minister mentioned that following various initiatives of her government, the per capita income and the country’s foreign currency reserve have showed a marked increase while poverty has come down to 24 percent. “We also want to reduce poverty rate by 10 percent further in the next four years,” she said.

She said that Bangladesh is now enjoying good relations with its neighboring countries. “Maintaining good relations with the neighbours is important for making the country’s economy more dynamic and alleviating poverty further.

The Prime Minister also mentioned that the Land Boundary Agreement (LBA) is awaiting Indian parliament’s not and once it is ratified then its implementation would start.

About the BEA, Hasina said the organisation has been playing a crucial role in disseminating and publicising research-oriented innovative results for the welfare of people.

Source: UNB