Thereport24.com Desk:  Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Thursday accused the past BNP-Jamaat regime of portraying Bangladesh as “leader of beggars” keeping countrymen beggars for their entire life.

“They (BNP-Jamaat) never wanted to make Bangladesh self-reliant in food ... their policy is to keep the people of Bangladesh as beggars for their entire life,” she told the Diploma Agriculturists’ Grand Conference-2017 at Krishibid Institution auditorium in the morning.

Sheikh Hasina added that the past regime actually took a policy of to do trade and business and earn two pice by importing rice, never thinking that Bangladesh should stand on its own feet.

“They (BNP-Jamaat regime) never thought this,” the premier said.

Agriculture Minister Begum Matia Chowdhuary and Awami League Organizing Secretary agriculturist AFM Bahauddin Nasim, MP, were present as special guest the function, reports BSS.

Diploma Krishibid Institution organized the conference with its president ATM Abul Kashem in the chair while secretary general of the forum Abdur Rashed Khan spoke at the function.

Diploma Krishibid Institution, Bangladesh organized the conference with its president ATM Abul Kashem in the chair.

Earlier, the prime minister inaugurated the conference by hoisting national flag and releasing pigeons.

Sheikh Hasina said the BNP-Jamaat government used to run the country as "the leader of beggars " keeping the people "remain poor, thin and weak, the party leaders would be benefitted that much" so they could seek and bring foreign aid and later eat its lion share". The prime minister said Bangladesh witnessed setback in all sectors during the rule of the BNP-Jamaat government.

"Bangladesh went backward in every sector including food and electricity production, literacy for no justified reason . . . just they wanted that the people will remain poor and starved to be shown abroad to get alms," she said.

Sheikh Hasina, also the Awami League president, said her party doesn't want to be the leader of beggars like the BNP.

"We run the state as peoples servants and we want to ensure welfare of the people and this is the difference between the Awami League and BNP," she said

The prime minister said when the BNP was in power, their leader, finance minister and parliament members opined that becoming self-reliant in food is not good, because foreign aid won't be available for it.

Ends/thereport24.com/S/Apr 06, 2017