Foreign powers interested in hindering progress: PM
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina today said that the secret motive of some foreign countries is to hinder the progress of Bangladesh and their intent to use the Bay of Bengal is behind their interest in the election and democracy in this country.
"They want to create a situation in this country on different excuses, including election, democracy and different other things so that they can use the Indian ocean and the Bay of Bengal. The purpose of some of them is to attack different countries in this region and destroy them," she said without mentioning any particular country, reports BSS.
Hasina said the Bay of Bengal is very important in terms of geographical location.
She said their purpose is neither an election nor democracy. "They want to create obstacles to the development journey of Bangladesh. It is the reality," she added.
The premier was addressing a memorial meeting arranged by the Awami League in Dhaka to mark the National Mourning Day. She chaired the event at the Bangabandhu International Conference Centre, reports UNB.
The PM said her government strengthened the foundation of democracy and ensured the voting rights of the people, uplifted the socio-economic condition of the people, brought down poverty rate to 18.6 percent from 41 percent and extreme poverty rate to 5.7 percent from 25 percent.
Criticising the local supporters of the foreign forces, Hasina said some clowns are in the country who speak to their tune not understanding and realising this reality. "They are doing these in many ways just for pennies," she said.
The premier asked the people to remain vigilant in this regard. "I believe that the countries located in the Indian ocean region are conscious enough in this regard," she said.