Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Monday said she does not have any desire to assume power again through rigging since she always fought for realizing the rights of people.
“Bangladesh is an independent and sovereign country … I won’t bow
down to anybody as long as I’m alive,” she said when a delegation of
Newspapers Owners Association of Bangladesh (NOAB) met her at her
official residence Ganobhaban in the evening.
PM’s press secretary Abul Kalam Azad briefed reporters after the
Independent editor Mahbubul Alam led the delegation. The other
members of the delegation are Ittefaq editor Anwar Hossain Monju,
Daily Star editor Mahfuz Anam, Prothom Alo editor Matiur Rahman, News
Today editor M Reazuddin Ahmed, Inquilab editor AMM Bahauddin,
Sangbad editor Altamas Kabir, Dainik Azadi editor MA Malek, Dainik
Purbokone editor M Taslim Uddin Chowdhury, Jugantar publisher Nurul
Islam Babul and Somakal publisher AK Azad.
Information Minister Abul Kalam Azad, Principal Secretary Sheikh M
Waheed-Uz-Zaman, PM’s Press Secretary Abul Kalam Azad and chief
executive of the Center for Research and Information Mahbubul Haque
Shakil were, among others, present.
The Prime Minister said her government is determined to strengthen
democracy and ensure people’s welfare and freedom of expression in
On formation of the new Election Commission, she said the President
has already started dialogue with political parties.
About credibility of elections, Hasina said, “All the polls held
under this government were free, fair and acceptable.”
On the country’s economic condition, the Prime Minister said although
the global economy is going through a tough time, Bangladesh economy
is in good shape.
She urged the editors to make sure that untrue reports are not
published in their newspapers.