'Please find out my failures, I will correct them'
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina today asked the main opposition in parliament to find out if there is any failure on her part and said she will correct herself accordingly.
The premier was replying to a question from Jatiya Party lawmaker Fakhrul Imam.
"People will judge the successes and failures, it is not my responsibility to judge that. Why should I fail if I work with honesty and specific goals for the welfare of the people? The people will decide ... " she said.
Hasina also asked the Jatiya Party to find out her failures saying, "When you are so interested, please find out my failures, and I will correct them."
After the formation of the government, she has worked for the welfare of the grassroots people, said the premier.
"People are getting the benefits now. Elderly people will know the radical changes in Bangladesh in the last 14 years," she said.
But, today's generation will not know that, she added.
In response to a question from ruling party lawmaker AKM Rahmatullah, the PM said after the killing of Bangabandhu, Ziaur Rahman seized power illegally and freed the war criminals.
By changing two clauses of the constitution, Zia allowed them to do politics.
"Many war criminals including Ghulam Azam were brought back from Pakistan and given citizenship. Zia made war criminals advisors and ministers."
She said Khaleda Zia also gave war criminals places in her cabinet.
"It is disgraceful for a nation to patronise war criminals like this. Genuine freedom fighters who did not agree to join hands with Zia were omitted from the list of freedom fighters ... and non-freedom fighters were included in the list of freedom fighters. They did not want to honour the real freedom fighters."
In response to a query from ruling party MP Benazir Ahmed, Sheikh Hasina said the corona pandemic and the Russia-Ukraine war have affected the economy.
"Bangladesh is no exception. Along with other overall economic and social negative effects, this has affected the market prices of daily necessities."
In reply to the supplementary question of AL MP Mozaffar Hossain, Hasina said Bangladesh's garment industry has expanded widely, but there are difficulties finding technical persons there.
"Many people are brought from abroad and given jobs."
In this connection, she said, the government has established textile universities and colleges to create a skilled population.