Observer Online Desk
Accusing Khaleda Zia of staging a confinement drama, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Sunday said the BNP chief is not confined and she can go back home anytime if she wants to do so.
“She (Khaleda) is not confined, she can go back home right now, if she wants to do so,” Hasina said.
The Prime Minister was addressing at a views-exchange meeting with leaders of Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) at her official residence Ganabhaban marking the 67th founding anniversary of the student organisation.
Hasina, also the President of the ruling Awami League, said the BNP chief started staying in her Gulshan office on her own. “We had information that she (Khaleda) had brought her desired cot to her office beforehand. Now they’re saying she is confined to her office,” she added.
The Awami league chief said a few days back through a letter Khaleda Zia had sought greater security for her as she was feeling insecure. “When police gave her security, she is saying she is confined,” Hasina added.
Terming this a ‘confinement drama’, the Prime Minister said she did so on many occasions in the past.
“During the Ershad regime, she (Khaleda) suddenly disappeared. Later, Ershad brought her out from a Purbani Hotel room by breaking open the door,” Hasina said.
During the 1986 election period, the Prime Minister said, Khaleda Zia again disappeared for three days.
In recent times, the BNP chief had also went underground in the early morning of the BDR mutiny day. “And she had gone underground for three days,” Hasina said.
But the Prime Minister said the government has no intention to take Khaleda Zia out from her office by breaking open the door as Ershad did. “Let her live wherever she wants to,” she said.
She also said Khaleda Zia staged the drama in a planned way just ahead of the January 5. “She planned the drama for causing losses to the country and state. You please stop this drama,” Hasina said.
Referring to holy Miladunnabi, the Prime Minister said people cannot give their proper attention to their prayers for Khaleda’s unnecessary drama.
“Everyone is concerned … arson attacks are being made on buses…they (BNP-Jamaat) are committing evil deeds, this is very painful,” she said.
Hasina said the BNP chief made a political blunder by not participating in the last general election. “I don’t know what was in her mind, what dream was in her eyes, to which path she had wanted to lead the country… she had surely wanted to take the country towards undemocratic way and unconstitutional path. In the name of foiling the election, she killed people by setting them on fire. Today, she did the same thing,” she added.
The Prime Minister said how Khaleda could think of ousting the government by setting fire to 2-4 buses and killing 2-4 people when she could not foil the election after engaging her all-out efforts last year!
Hasina reiterated that the BNP chief is committing all these killings and destructive acts just to save war criminals by foiling their trial.
The people of Bangladesh do not want the state power to go back to the hands of defeated forces --Albadr and Razakars, the Prime Minister said urging all, including the student community, to stay alert and united.
Warning the BCL activists not to involve in such activities that earn the organisation the bad name, Hasina said no one will be spared if one does so.
She also asked the BCL leaders and activists to remain alert about the intruders of those into the organisation who always do the politics of government party.
BCL president HM Badiuzzaman Sohag presided over the programme.