Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday called upon all to re-elect Awami League for a second successive term to free the nation from the clutches of Jamaat-Shibir and their cohorts.
"It is the nature of Jamaat-Shibir and their cohorts to kill people by pouring petrol and cutting veins and wrists. So you will have to cast your vote for Awami League again to free the nation from the clutches of Jamaat-Shibir and their cohorts," she said.
The prime minister was addressing a mammoth public rally at Bera College ground after inaugurating a 70-MW power plant built by the Power Development Board here.
Hasina, also the president of Awami League, congratulated the people of Bera for turning down Matiur Rahman Nizami, the infamous Al-Badr chief during the Liberation War, in the last general elections.
About the ongoing trial of war criminals, she said the present government had pledged to people to try the war criminals to free the nation from a stigma. "We have kept our commitment through the verdict against Bacchu Razakar by the International Crimes Tribunal."
In this connection, she said the country moved backwards for several years due to the rule of anti-liberation forces after the assassination of Bangabandhu in 1975.
The leader of the opposition is engaged in a tricky game to save the war criminals, she complained. "So I call upon all to remain alert about her [Khaleda Zia] conspiracy."
Hasina said the AL government in 1996 had started the work to move the country forward, but it was stopped when the BNP- Jamaat alliance government took over in 2001.
Returning to power in 2008, the AL government resumed its work to take the country to the “highway of development,” she added, urging people to cast their vote for her party again for the continuation of the development work.
State Minister for Home Shamsul Haque Tuku also addressed the rally.