Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has said the 20-party alliance has now turned into a 'carbuncle.'
She was speaking at a reunion rally organised in observance of the 42nd founding anniversary of Awami Jubo League, the youth front of the ruling party, as chief guest at Suhrawardy Udyan in the capital on Saturday afternoon.
Sheikh Hasina said, "Ziaur Rahman allowed the killers to do politics after 1975 because he had no faith in the country's independence. At that time, four national leaders and other leaders were killed. He rehabilitated the anti-independence forces after August 15, 1975. The BNP chairperson has adopted the same path."
The Prime Minister said: "Those who are now in the BNP-led 20-party alliance are either anti-liberation war elements or killers. The 20-party alliance has been formed with these elements. Leaders in the 20-party alliance are like carbuncles. The 20-party has now turned into a carbuncle. There is no doubt about it."
Sheikh Hasina said, "The BNP chairperson is still favouring the war criminals. What is her reply? Are they in favour of Bangladesh or against the independence?"
The premier said: "We pledged to try the war criminals. We've done this. Trial is going on and will also go on. The verdicts will be executed one after another."
Sheikh Hasina said Bangabandhu wanted to turn Bangladesh into 'Switzerland of the East.' But, Bangladesh turned into a country of killers after the killing of Bangabandhu.
With Jubo League chairman Omar Faruque Chowdhury in the chair, the rally was also attended by Jubo League's former chairman Jahangir Kabir Nanak, general secretary Harun-ur-Rashid, Jubo League's former chairman and Awami League presidium member Sheikh Fazlul Karim Selim, present and former leaders of the organisation.
Jubo League, the first youth organization of Bangladesh, was founded by Sheikh Fazlul Haque Moni at the directive of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman on November 11, 1972.
Moni was the founding chairman of Jubo League while Noor-e-Alam Siddiqui general secretary.