BNP would’ve vanished if AL believed in revenge politics: Hasina

Bangla Tribune Report
Published : 19:29, Sep 11, 2019 | Updated : 00:24, Sep 12, 2019

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina speaking during a question/answer session at the Parliament on Wednesday (Sept 11). PHOTO: Focus BanglaPrime Minister Sheikh Hasina said that BNP would’ve vanished from the country if the ruling Awami League believed in revenge politics.
Her remarks came on Wednesday (Sept 11) while responding to a query from BNP lawmaker Rumeen Farhana during a question/answer session at the Parliament.
“Awami League doesn’t believe in the politics of murdering people, neither does it believe in the politics of revenge,” she said.
“No one faced the torture and persecution we faced from BNP,” she added.
Rumeen alleged that the prime minister’s order is needed for everything from “killing people to mosquitoes,” and this indicated that the institutions of the state were breaking down.
“Institutional success is a perquisite for an effective state. Don’t these ineffective institutions portray the incumbent government’s failure?” she asked the prime minister.
PM Hasina termed the question as “uncalled for, un-parliamentary and irrelevant,” and said that the BNP lawmaker had reduced killing people to the equivalent of killing mosquitoes.
She said that it was her job to monitor the Cabinet members and she has a separate responsibility to the nation as the daughter of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.
“We try to keep the institutions active not render them ineffective,” the premier said.
Hasina focused on the sector-based development and said that Bangladesh is a role model for development and has already graduated to a middle-income country.
She added that Bangladesh was moving forward because the state mechanism was working properly.
The PM took a swipe at former prime minister and incarcerated BNP chief Khaleda Zia saying, “Perhaps if the Parliament spent its time sleeping till 12 noon like the questioner’s chief [Khaleda], she would’ve been happy.”
She said that BNP created an ineffective state during its regime with the them premier “sleeping away and her son taking decisions from Hawa Bhaban."
Alleging that BNP founder Ziaur Rahman was involved with Sheikh Mujibur Rahman’s assassination, she added that it was him that started the politics of coups and murders.
The prime minister said that Khaleda Zia and her two sons left no stone unturned in corruption and violence with embezzling and carrying out bomb attacks.