Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina alleged that BNP is pursuing a “double-policy” regarding India.
Anti-Indian words don’t suit on BNP's mouth as they came to power in 2001 pledging to sell the country's resources to the next door neighbor, the Prime Minister claimed.
“It was (BNP leader) Khaleda Zia who gave an undertaking of selling gas to India, and doing this, they came to power . . . So anti-Indian words don't match in their mouth,” Sheikh Hasina said, reports BSS.
The Prime Minister was addressing the 2nd National Council of Jubo Mohila League at the Krishibid Institution auditorium in Dhaka on Saturday.
Sheikh Hasina, also the Awami League president, said her government wanted to utilise the country’s resources for the people first and therefore "(Unlike BNP) I didn't give any such undertaking".
“We wanted that the country should have a reserve of gas for 50 years (of need) and only then it should be considered whether we would sell it or not,” she said.
Sheikh Hasina said representatives of the neighbouring country's intelligence agency used to sit at Hawa Bhaban, “the alternate power house of the then BNP government”, before the 2001 election though the party always talks against India.
“Besides, the persons of a powerful nation also used to stay at Hawa Bhaban to realise undertakings of selling gas from the BNP,” she added.
The PM’s comments came as BNP leaders recently expressed their negative comments about possible deals to be signed with India during the premier's planned New Delhi tour.
The Prime Minister said the 2001 election was staged only to defeat the Awami League and taking gas from Bangladesh. “But I said at that time they won’t get gas and the Almighty Allah won’t give gas to them, selling of gas far long words. That happened and they didn’t find gas”.
Earlier, Sheikh Hasina inaugurated the council of the ruling party's women youth front releasing pigeons and baloons.
Jubo Mohila League President Nazma Aktar chaired the council and AL's Women Affairs Secretary Fazilatunnesa Indira and Senior President of Jubo Mohila League Zakia Parveen Moni spoke at the function, when AL General Secretary Obaidul Quader was present on the podium.
Jubo Mohila League General Secretary Professor Apu Ukil placed the general secretary's report, while Organising Secretary Ishrat Jahan placed obituary reference.
A minute's silence was also observed as a mark of profound respect to the memory of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and other martyrs of the August 15 carnage as well as other leaders and workers of Awami League and Jubo Mohila League who embraced martyrdom in different movements of the country.
The Prime Minister also said Khaleda Zia “forgot” to raise the Ganges water issue before the Indian government when she visited the neigbouring country as the prime minister after the 1991 elections.
“She (Khaleda Zia) earlier talked against India and staged a long march demanding (equitable share) of the Ganges water, but when she visited India she forgot the issue,” the PM said.
It was the Awami League, the PM said, which realised the just share of the Ganges water from India on assuming power after long 21 years and again it was the party which resolved the decades-long land boundary problem with India as no governments other than the Awami League ever took steps for solving the issue.
The Prime Minister said in an identical manner her government resolved the maritime boundary dispute with India and Myanmar as well while “no other governments except Awami League did take any initiative for solving the problem through discussion or lodging case”.
Sheikh Hasina said the BNP is now talking about holding of free, fair and impartial election, but the party has no history about staging any polls in such a manner.
She said Ziaur Rahman grabbed power and declared himself as the president by violating constitution while BNP was founded by the illegal power usurpers.
The premier said vote rigging, ballot paper stuffing and snatching the polls results through terrorism are their election history.