Khaleda Zia has launched a scathing attack on the ruling Awami League, saying it has turned Bangladesh a monarchy. The BNP chairperson made the remark in her address to a public meeting organised by the party’s UK chapter at Park Plaza Riverbank London hotel on Sunday evening (local time).
Without naming Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, she said, Bangladesh is now a monarchy. There is Lady Hitler for this monarchy. Because all her soldiers, I mean the administration, are only carrying out her orders. Everything is done on her order, she added.
Khaleda also slammed the government for the law and order situation. The people of Bangladesh are not well today. They are not in peace. Harassments are crossing the limit everyday, Khaleda said.
Her son and Senior Vice-Chairman Tarique Rahman and her Advisor Amir Khosru Mahmud Chow-dhury, among others, spoke at the meeting. This is the BNP chief’s first public meeting after she went to the UK for treatment on Sep 16.
UK Awami League leaders and activists were demonstrating against the BNP chief outside the hotel. She exchanged greetings with the supporters on Eid on Sep 24 in a programme that descended into utter chaos.
The former prime minister thinks many of the ministers do not even deserve to be MP. She alleged many qualified and skilled officials have been kept out of work by way of nepotism in the civil administration.
I have seen many things in the past one and a half months. I am delighted. I think there are many good things to learn from their law and order…the good laws,” she said.
She also said Bangladesh could implement these laws by learning from the UK. The BNP chief is staying with son Tarique and his family in London.
I have come here to spend some time with my family, she said. But she said she wanted to return home now. I’ve met them after a long time and they are not willing to let me go, she said. But you know the condition of the country. Now I need to return home, she added.
Khaleda was the chief guest at the Civic Meeting while Tarique was the special guest. In the beginning of her speech, she praised the UK for its law and order.
Tarique and Amir Khosru Mahmud Chowdhury sat beside her on stage. Tarique’s wife Zubaida Rahman and BNP leader Abdul Awal Mintoo’s son Tabith Awal, who lost the Dhaka North City Corporation mayoral polls, were in the audience.