Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Sunday said BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia wants to capture power in an unconstitutional way and warned that the usurpers will have to face capital punishment.
"Khaleda Zia is claiming that they are waging movement for democracy. But she does not believe in democracy. She wants to go to power in an unconstitutional way and she is looking at a certain place that someone coming from there would put her in state power," she said.
"We have brought an amendment to the constitution. As per the present constitution, the power usurpers will have to face capital punishment," she said.
The Prime Minister said everybody knows the consequences of capturing power unconstitutionally. "General Zia, General Ershad, Fakhruddin and Moinuddin had realized the consequences. So I believe that none would be interested in stepping into this fire," she said.
She said this while addressing a discussion on the occasion of Amar Ekushey and the International Mother Language Day.
Bangladesh Awami League arranged the discussion at Krishibid Institution of Bangladesh at Farmgate in the capital this afternoon.
Sheikh Hasina, president of Bangladesh Awami League, chaired the discussion.
It was addressed by AL Advisory Council Members Amir Hossain Amu, Tofail Ahmed and Suranjit Sengupta, eminent journalist and columnist Rahat Khan, AL Presidium Members Begum Matia Chowdhury, Sheikh Fazlul Karim Selim and Advocate Sahara Khatun, General Secretary Syed Ashraful Islam, Joint Secretaries Mahbub-ul Alam Hanif and Dr Dipu Moni, Organizing Secretaries Ahmad Hossain and Krishibid AFM Bahauddin Nasim, Dhaka City AL President MA Aziz and General Secretary Mofazzal Hossain Chowdhury Maya, Food Minister Advocate Kamrul Islam and AL central committee member Aminul Islam Amin.
Awami League Publicity and Publication Secretary Dr Hasan Mahmud and Deputy Publicity and Publication Secretary Ashim Kumar Ukil conducted the discussion. At the outset of the discussion, a minute's silence was observed as a mark of respect to the memories of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, four national leaders, martyrs of the War of Liberation and Language Movement.