Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Sunday said not only internal but external actors are also hatching conspiracies to undermine Awami League-led government but we have to march forward overcoming the obstacles.
"At the moment when the country's economy is in a strong position and we are trying war criminals conspirators are at work at home trying to undermine our government. Defeated forces and collaborators of the war criminals are not sitting idle either but we have to march forward facing such obstacles. Such barriers come not only internally but also from abroad," she said adding, "Bangladesh is now an economic wonder to the world."
The Prime Minister said, "Successes will be achievable if someone worked hard with principle and ethics. Awami League has specific economic policies and we gave the countrymen a particular guideline and philosophy."
Sheikh Hasina, also the party President, made this remarks while addressing a discussion organised by the Awami League at Krishibid Institution, Bangladesh (KIB) on the occasion of 46th Independence Day and National Day with its senior Presidium Member and Deputy Leader of the House Syeda Sajeda Chowdhury in the chair.
Criticising BNP's activities centring UP polls, the Prime Minister said they are showing indifference to the ongoing Union Parishad elections as it has no visible activities in the polls except making statements and lodging complaints.
"For the first time, the UP election is going on with party symbols. But we don't see any visible activities of the BNP and they are not showing any interest in it, rather they are making statements and filing complaints...Their allegations are: These did not happen, that did not occur," she said.
Taking a swipe at BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia, the Prime Minister said the BNP chief smiles only when she can kill people.
"Smile is seen on her face when she can kill people, she never flashes smile when she sees the development of people?her smile fades out when she sees smiles on people's faces," she said without mentioning Khaleda's name.
Referring to an Awami League leader's comment in the discussion that there was no smile on Khaleda Zia's face when she went to place wreaths at the National Mausoleum on March 26, the Prime Minister said a party leader went to the National Mausoleum with a drooping face.
"Where will the smile come from? All her beloved persons are being hanged one after another?the trial of war criminals are being held ?people have no support for them," Sheikh Hasina quipped.
Recalling the horrible days of the first three months of 2015, the Prime Minister said this political leader killed people through arson attacks. "When people were dying, there was a smile on her face?you couldn't see that as she had confined herself?surely there was a hyena smile on her face, she said.
The Awami League chief also said as people are smiling now, there is no smile on that leader's face. "This is natural, you can't expect more than this from this person because her heart is full of love for Pakistan," she added.
Sheikh Hasina said killing people can never be a movement, it is rather plain murder. "So you gain people's support by killing people?" she said.
About BNP's national council, the Prime Minister said, "With whom and where the BNP lodged complaints?" she said adding, the party has hosted in Bangladesh a British MP who was expelled from the parliament for three months.
"I would like to request journalists to enquire about the matter... 'ratan e ratan chene' (only an expert can identify another expert) ... Who and what to bring are best known to BNP," she added.
The Prime Minister called upon the people who believe in the ideology of Bangabandhu and the spirit of the War of Liberation to work for further advancement of the country so that the nation can move with self-dignity.
"Bangladesh was liberated after a long struggle under the leadership of Bangabandhu and in exchange of blood of three million martyrs. We are a victorious nation ... we always move raising our heads high, not begging from others," she said.
In this regard, she pointed out the remarks of Bangabandhu that none could suppress Bangalees. "None was able to suppress the Bangalees and those who tried to do it for 21 years have failed and anyone trying it in future would also fail," she said.
The Prime Minister said Bangabandhu brought Bangladeshis to fight for freedom through different movements gradually. "Six-point demand of 1966 was the certificate of freedom and he started language movement from 1948 to make 'Bangla' a state language, she said.
Awami League leaders Amir Hossain Amu, Tofail Ahmed, Matia Chowdhury, Sheikh Fazlul Karim Selim, Syed Ashraful Islam, Adv Yousuf Hossain Humayun, Satish Chandra Roy, Mofazzal Hossain Chowdhury Maya, Mahbubul Alam Hanif, Dr Dipu Moni, Jahangir Kabir Nanak, Ahmad Hossain, Dr Badiuzzaman Dublew, AHM Khairuzzaman Liton and Barrister Sheikh Fazle Noor Taposh also spoke at the programme.
AL Publicity and Publication Secretary Dr Hasan Mahmud and his deputy Ashim Kumar Ukil conducted the programme.