The prime minister thanked the police for showing tolerance despite burning of their three vehicles by the BNP terrorists.

“Destroying the life and property of the people is very regrettable, when they are in a festive mood ahead of the elections and we strongly condemn such terrorist acts,” she said.

Sheikh Hasina said the people want the elections to be held in a festive mood and they will form the government as per their choice.

Pointing out Bangladesh’s massive development over the last 10 years, she said: “We’re hopeful that the pace of uplift that has been created will continue and the country will advance further.”

The premier said the BNP wants to foil the country’s advancement through unleashing terrorist acts. “The BNP feels sorrow when the common people stay well, otherwise their netri (leader) cannot embezzle the orphan’s money and she is now in jail for committing such a crime,” she said.

Without mentioning the name, Sheikh Hasina said other leader of the party is now a convict in the August 21 grenade attack and accused in the 10-truck arms haul case and the money laundering case.

“The BNP has denied Section 7 of its constitution by forming the party with a convicted and accused meaning that any killer, robber and corrupt can be their leader and they’ve proved it,” she said.

The premier said those who talk tall have joined hands with corrupts. “That’s also good (in one sense) … I want elections to be held and I want that environment so that the people could exercise their franchise freely,” she said.

Mentioning that over 4000 Awami League leaders have bought party nomination forms to contest the elections, the AL president said it is a very difficult task to select 300 candidates from the huge number of aspirants. “We are hopeful that we could do it Insha Allah,” she said.

The prime minister also expressed her firm belief that the people will cast vote for boat to continue the pace of improvement of their living standard.

“We’ve a firm belief that the people will cast vote for boat to continue the pace of development of their living standard and we will build a hunger and poverty-free Sonar Bangla as dreamt by Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman Insha Allah,” she said.