Criticising the BNP chairperson not appearing court by showing “illness”, the prime minister said Khaleda Zia has started another drama to this end. “She is well in the jail, but becomes sick when the date of the case is fixed in the court,” the premier said.

Sheikh Hasina said Khaleda Zia is sick from the beginning as she underwent knee operations few years back. “Though Khaleda Zia underwent knee operations twice, she didn’t hesitate to burn the people to death in this situation,” she said.

Pointing to the destructive acts and negative politics of the BNP, the prime minister said their heart-burning has begun when Bangladesh is marching forward and getting world recognition.

Sheikh Hasina said her government is making development across the country and its touch has already reached everywhere. “Our thinking is that the people will stay well and they will get a beautiful life,” she said.

In this connection, she mentioned that her government announced highest ever annual budget which will take Bangladesh ahead further.

The Awami League president asked her party’s senior leaders to prepare the election manifesto for the next election and said her government has been able to develop the country more than it had pledged during the last election.

The premier also put emphasis on taking up massive programmes to celebrate “Mujib Barsho” during 2020-2021 marking the birth centenary of Bangabandhu and the golden jubilee year of country’s independence.