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Bid for bloodbath must fail

Says PM

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday said no conspiracy to stage another bloodbath in the country would work as people have woken up against the anti-liberation forces.

"The anti-liberation forces have threatened to wage another war and push the country towards another bloodbath like in 1971.

“But that's not possible as people, particularly the new generation, have woken up," she said while talking to members of the newly-elected managing committee of Chittagong Press Club at her office in the capital.

The premier alleged that the entire generation could not know the real history of the country due to conspiracy of post-1975 rulers after the assassination of Bangabandhu.

Turning to the Shahbagh movement, especially on participation of youth, she said, "The ongoing movement has infused the sense of patriotism into the minds of a cross-section of people, including children."

The movement has helped inspire people in every nook and corner of the country with the spirit of Liberation War, Hasina said, adding that this spirit among the future generation could lead the nation towards peace and prosperity.

The premier said her government has been trying to turn the country into a developed one alongside putting efforts into establishing the spirit of the war to safeguard the nation's future prosperity.

In this context, she mentioned her government's initiatives for strengthening the Election Commission and making the country's electoral system fully free, fair and neutral.

“Free, fair and neutral elections are being held in the country as the Awami League is in power,” she told the managing committee members of Chittagong Press Club.

Hasina said Awami League considers the voting rights of people as one of their constitutional rights. “This right of the masses won't be allowed to distort in any way.”

She highlighted the projects taken by her government for development of the port city, saying more flyovers and roads would be constructed there.

Besides, steps have already been taken to resolve water-logging problem and improve supply of pure drinking water, gas and power in the city, she added.

The press club leaders expressed their full solidarity with the premier's endeavour to make the country free from the clutches of anti-liberation forces and hold the trial of war criminals.

Chittagong Press Club President Ali Abbas, its general secretary Mohsin Chowdhury, vice president Rashed Rouf, among others, spoke on the occasion.

PM's Press Secretary Abul Kalam Azad and her Office Secretary Mollah Waheeduzzaman were also present.

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