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PM rules out any essentials crunch during Ramadan

‘None raises question over Bangladesh’s JS polls’

Published : 23 Feb 2024 10:41 PM

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Friday assured the countrymen of providing sufficient essential commodities during the holy Ramadan, the fasting month for the Muslim. 

“There will be no shortage of any essential commodities in Ramadan. All arrangements have already been made. There will be no problem,” she said while briefing reporters at her official residence Ganabhaban.

Sheikh Hasina, also the president of the ruling Awami League, said there had been an arrangement to import sufficient amounts of goods like gram, dates, sugar and other items as well.

“So, there will be no problem with this as we have made arrangements for those much earlier,” she added.

Responding to a question regarding price hike, conspiracy of toppling the government and famine, the premier said that there was a big conspiracy to foil the election.

She said that the conspiracy was also to dissociate the government from the people by increasing the prices of goods.

As the vested quarters understood that they could not prevent the 

election, the conspirators had hatched this intrigue before the election, added the premier.

In this connection, she also mentioned the incidents, including arson terrorism were perpetrated on October 28 last year, 2013, 2014 and 2015.

“The plot was to oust the government. . . You all know who are they. I don’t want to name anyone. I don’t even need to say. But plot still exists,” said Sheikh Hasina.

Regarding the manipulation in increasing the price of daily goods, she mentioned the price hike of eggs through hiding those.

She added, “Don’t you think those who want to overthrow the government have some tricks too.”

She also mentioned the situation of onion crisis, saying that suddenly it was seen the shortage of huge quantum of onions, which later turned rotten required to be thrown into the water.

“What should be done to these people? . . . It would be better if the public go for the remedy. Then no one can say anything,” she said.

The premier said that she herself produces crops in Ganabhaban, while people in her village home and constituency started following the example.

She urged the people across the country to use their fallow lands for agriculture as well.

Replying to questions during the briefing, the Prime Minister also said that no global leaders raise any questions or concern over the Bangladesh’s last general elections during her visit to Germany. 

“During my visit, several issues were discussed. But no one raised any questions or expressed concern over the elections as they knew that I would assume office by winning the election,” she said while responding to a question at a press conference at her official residence Ganabhaban.

Without mentioning names of any country, the premier said there are some countries where the election is called free and fair despite taking 12 to 13 days to declare the poll results.

“How come? The election is not free in Bangladesh despite its results being announced within 24 hours after the election,” she said, adding “We do not have any medicine for this disease. I believe that our strength is our people.”

Regarding her meeting with Ukraine president Volodymyr Zelenskyy on the sidelines, the premier said she directly asked the Ukrainian president about the ways for the ceasefire of the war. She said that she would ask the same question to Russian president Vladimir Putin if she meets him.

“I had a straight question to Ukrainian President, how to stop the war. Everyone has been suffering while women, children and youths are sacrificing their lives because of the war,” she said.

“If I meet the Russian President, I would say the same thing that I do not want the war. You please take an initiative to stop the war. I would continue to express my position. Yet, if none understands, I have nothing to do,” she said. 

During her visit, the premier urged for the ceasefire of Russia-Ukraine war and stop attacks on Gaza.

After forming the government for the fourth time in a row, Sheikh Hasina, apart from responding questions on Munich Security Conference, also answered questions on price hike of commodities and other issues.

Raising questions over the double-standard policies of the influential countries, the premier said the influential countries believe in double-standard policies. 

“We see that the lands of Palestine is seized. But it is not invasion while the possession of land in Ukraine is invasion. So, why such double-standard policies? It was my question,” she said.

Portraying her firm stance against double-standard policies, she said, “I know many do not clearly say anything with courage.”

Stressing the need for continuous democratic process, the premier said her government took the country to a new height in the last 15 years.

“If the democratic process is maintained, the country gets developed. We have developed the country a lot in last 15 years. We have been able to take the country to new height including social-economic status and education sectors,” she said. 

“We have been got the recognition of developing country status from the least developed country status. Now we have put concentration so that we can go forward as developing country,” she added.