Vol. 4 Num 110 Sun. September 14, 2003  

AL killing its own men to create anarchy: PM

Prime Minister Khaleda Zia yesterday said the opposition party Awami League is killing their own men, and then calling hartals in a desperate bid to create issues for subverting the country's development process.

"When we are carrying out development works, the Awami League, failing to find any issue, is creating anarchy by killing their own people and calling hartals to hinder the development process," she alleged.

The PM was addressing a huge public meeting at Boalmari Upazila stadium here yesterday organised on the occasion of Jatiya Party leader Shah Mohammad Abu Zafar's joining the BNP.

Abu Zafar pledged his allegiance to the ruling party along with a large number of other local JP leaders and supporters, including the municipal chairman of Boalmari and 12 other Union Parishad chairmen of the upazila.

Presided over by local BNP Vice President Khandakar Nasirul Islam, the public meeting was also addressed by KM Obaidur Rahman MP, Minister for Disaster Management Chowdhury Kamal Ibne Yusuf, Home Minister Altaf Hossain Chowdhury, Social Welfare Minister Ali Ahsan Mohammad Mujahid, PM's Political Secretary Haris Chowdhury and Chowdhury Akmal Ibne Yusuf MP.

Referring to the Awami League, the prime minister said the party which could not do any development while in power was now out to hinder the development process.

"Those involved in violence and criminal acts will be isolated," she said calling upon the people to stand united against them.

She reminded that the AL had failed to honour its promise of not calling hartal it made to the nation while in power.

Khaleda Zia said the AL had indulged in looting and criminal activities even when they were in power.

She gave the people a choice -- "either to stay with the development process by supporting Shah Mohammad Abu Zafar or side with the looters."

The prime minister made a number of development commitments for the area, including construction of buildings for Alphadanaga Degree College and ten high schools and madrassahs.