‘The thief’s mom screams the loudest’

Tangail, Nov 28 (bdnews24.com)—Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Wednesday berated opposition leader Khaleda Zia for her claims that her sons led ‘a very honest life’ and were not involved in any sort of corruption.

“It’s only her who can tell such a great lie. In Bengali there’s a saying, ‘the thief’s mother screams the loudest’,” she quipped at a public rally at Dhanbari Nawab Institution Ground in Tangail district after inaugurating a number of development projects in Dhanbari upazila.

Referring to the ‘corruption’ of the BNP Chairperson’s two sons – Tarique Rahman and Arafat Rahman Coco – Hasina said that whitening black money by paying fine (when the BNP was in power) and siphoning off money, earned through corruption, to Singapore proved how honest her sons were.

The rally venue and several entry accesses to the sub-district were tastefully decorated with colourful placards, festoons, posters and digital banners to mark the Prime Minister’s visit there. Several arches were installed on the Tangail-Jamalpur Highway.

Hasina, also the President of the ruling Awami League, said: “The people won independence by voting the Awami League to power in 1970. As they again voted it to power in 1996, the country achieved self-sufficiency in food. Before the 2008 generation elections, we pledged to hold the trial of the war criminals. We’ve kept our words. The trial has already started.’

Pointing at her arch political rival, she said, “No matter how much destruction and arson you unleash, how many people you kill, you won’t be able to save (the war criminals). Their trial will surely be held on the soil of Bangladesh. The trial will be held like that of the killers of Bangabandhu.”

Hasina also alleged that Khaleda had tried to save the killers of nation’s founding father Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.

She recalled that the BNP had called a general strike on the day of the verdict in the Bangabandhu killing case in November 1998 to prevent the judges from attending the court.

“She had wanted to save the killers of Bangabandhu, but couldn’t. Don’t try to save the war criminals this time.”

She broadsided the BNP and claimed that corruption and killing people were two big virtues of the BNP. “They kill people whenever they come to power. They unleashed torture and repression on the people coming to power in 2001. People were vexed at their repression. Many farmers were killed in police firing as they were demonstrating for fertiliser. These are their characters.’

The Prime Minister flew to Tangail by helicopter at noon to formally inaugurate the newly constructed Dhanbari Upazila Complex and lay the foundation stone of Dhanbari Model Police Station.

The Local Government Engineering Department constructed the building on 5.77 acres of land at a cost of Tk 135 million.

Hasina also laid the foundation plaque of Dhanbari Model Police Station and 50-bed Dhanbari Upazila Health Complex.

Local MP and Food Minister Abdur Razzak, Home Minister Mohiuddin Khan Alamgir, Cultural Affairs Minister Abul Kalam Azad and State Minister for Local Government Jahangir Kabir Nanak accompanied the Prime Minister.

Source: Bd News24

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