Published: Thursday, May 16, 2013

Khaleda tried to kill me: Hasina

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Thursday alleged that Opposition Leader Khaleda Zia had tried to hang on to power by killing her through the August 21 grenade attack in 2004.

The opposition leader had tried to remain in power by killing me,” she said in her opening speech at a views-exchange meeting with the grassroots leaders of Awami League from Netrakona.

She said the opposition leader always thinks to go to power stepping on dead bodies as did her husband (Ziaur Rahman). “This time Khaleda wanted to go to power by using Hefajat-e-Islam.”

Twenty-four AL leaders and activists, including its frontline leader Ivy Rahman, were killed and over 500 others injured in the grenade attack on an AL rally at Bangabandhu Avenue. Hasina also suffered injuries in her ears.

Criticising the opposition leader for what she said killing people in the name of agitation programmes, Hasina said Khaleda will not be able to gain the trust of the people with her destructive activities. “People have reposed their trust in us, we’ve the public support,” she told her party’s local leaders.

Hasina, who heads the AL, wanted to know how Khaleda is so confident that the next caretaker government will not put her in jail again.

If the caretaker government comes this time, Hasina said they will complete the unfinished jobs of the previous army-backed caretaker government. “They’ll do that this time…they still have that craving.”

She said a section of people in the country has a strong desire to be there in power, but they do not have the courage to go to people to seek their mandate. “This section always waits for getting something from illegal power grabbers,” she said.

Renewing her strong stance about the continuation of democratic process in the country, the prime minister said it is not possible to achieve anything without democracy.

  • Zman7

    PM made a serious accusation against the opposition leader. It is in fact the accusation of murder and attempted murder crime (in which 24 AL leaders/activists, were killed and over 500, including the then opposition leader Hasina, injured).

  • Dev Saha

    I am not sure who tried to kill whom but many people got killed during that attack and then our dear interior minister, Babar tried to coverup that attack by telling us that the attack had been perpetrated by a foreign country, who hated our motherland from its guts. What an imbecile!

  • Amorphous500

    Undoubtedly, this kind of crime should be taken seriously and we should prosecute all the participants (no matter what is there personal, religious or political position). But the burning question is- accusing people against whom you don’t have conclusive evidence is not the way of prosecuting responsible person(s). It is simply confrontational politics that has been going on in the country for years by pilling up agony on our general public and it is also creating a ‘scape goat’ scheme for the culprits. We can only ensure our security by prosecuting and imposing exemplary punishment to whoever responsible for the crime so that nobody attempts to repeat it.