The premier said directives are there so that no untoward incident takes place centering the ensuing city corporation polls of Rajshahi, Sylhet and Barisal.

“We have directed the law enforcement agencies to arrest the troublemakers whoever might be and whatever party they belong to as we want that everybody will conduct election campaign freely. We’ve maintained that environment,” she said.

Then, she said, cocktails were exploded at a meeting of the BNP candidate in Rajshahi and the BNP put blame on Awami League for it. “But as per the statement of the Rajshahi BNP leader, they committed the crime,” she said.

The prime minister said the BNP wanted to take this incident to the international level and it also got huge publicity in the global media. “There is no doubt that various games will start when the national election is nearing,” she remarked.

Referring to the history of the country, Sheikh Hasina said the BNP killed people in the past by hurling grenades and bombs and carrying out arson attacks.

In this connection, she mentioned the killings of Shah AMS Kibria in Sylhet, Ahsanullah Master in Gazipur and Manjurul Imam in Khulna, killing of journalists in Khulna, grenade attacks on Sylhet city mayor Badaruddin Qamran and Women Awami League meeting in Sylhet.

‘If we see the history, throwing bombs and grenades and killing of the people are the only work of the BNP,” she said.

The premier added that the BNP committed misdeeds and harboured terrorism and militancy and wanted to destroy Bangladesh through these crimes.