Vol. 4 Num 327 Fri. April 30, 2004  
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Govt will be toppled 'one day', says Hasina

Main opposition Awami League (AL) President Sheikh Hasina yesterday said the coalition government would be overthrown 'one day' as it has lost moral right to stay in office, a day before her party's deadline for the fall of the government ends.

She told the BBC Bangla Service last night the AL placed a 15-point demand for the government to meet, which includes an end to corruption and crime, curbs on the price hike of essentials, employment generation and increased wages for employees. But the government ignored the demands for which one month ultimatum was issued.

Hasina said people generously responded to their oust-government movement. "Go to common people who are suffering greatly because of price hike of essentials ...," she responded when told that some politicians think people are not ready yet to see a change in government at the moment.

She cited the recent mass arrests of innocent people as an example of the government's diminishing popularity.

Asked about the government's surviving her party's April 30 deadline, Hasina said: "You cannot say that. The government has been 'toppled' on moral grounds."

The AL gave the ultimatum as she alleged the government killed 26,000 people across the country, framed about four lakh AL leaders and workers in false cases and repressed women workers of her party.

The ruling BNP, when in opposition, issued the ultimatum at least 80 eight times to oust her government but could not pull it down.