Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Saturday said her party is preparing for the next general election alongside strengthening democracy in the country.
“We have to take the preparation for the next election alongside continuing the efforts to strengthen democracy. We have to remain careful to ensure the democratic continuation in the country,” she said.
The Prime Minister said this in her introductory speech at the AL’s advisory council meeting at her official residence Ganobhaban.
Hasina laid emphasis on the democratic process to change the government for the country’s overall development. “We have to change the government through the democratic process. We have to continue the democratic system to continue the development process,” she said.
The premier said her government has amended the Constitution to make the country’s parliamentary democracy sustainable blocking the path of unconstitutional power capture.
“We’ve amended the constitution so that no unconstitutional government like military and quasi-military government can come to power and thus people’s empowerment is ensured,” she said.
In the last four and a half years, Hasina said, the government ensured the voting rights of people as all the elections held during the period were free, fair and neutral. “We don’t have the desire to capture polling stations.”
Hasina said her party wants to start the democratic process in changing the government for the continuation of development works in the country.
About the trial of war criminals, she said when the trial of the war criminals started BNP had tried to foil it. “BNP is always linked with Jamaat as the politics of Jamaat started through BNP. They’re in many ways trying to save the war criminals as Jamaat leaders were involved with war crimes.”
She mentioned that the ICTs are conducting the trial of the war criminals with a great courage, and delivering verdicts one after another.
“This has revived the spirit of the Liberation War in the country. BNP had tried hard to erase the ethos and history of the Liberation War. It was one of their aims. We’re now getting the verdicts and that’s important. And these verdicts will be executed,” Hasina said.