Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina expressed her firm conviction that Bangladesh will never plunge into Sri Lanka-like situation for its development spree, rather the country will continue to move ahead overcoming all global challenges, BSS reports.
"Remember one thing (my party leaders and activists) that Bangladesh will never be Sri Lanka, can't be . . .," she said at a discussion as the chief guest.
She stated that Bangladesh had to face Sri Lanka-like situation in the regime of BNP, but Awami League (AL) government has pulled the country out of that state.
Sheikh Hasina, also the ruling AL President, said during BNP's regime in 2001-2006, Bangladesh became champion in corruption for five consecutive times, while the country saw huge price hike of essential commodities, and scarcity of electricity, water and employment.
She also said Bangladesh witnessed militancy, terrorism, grenade attack, August 21 grade attack, grenade attack in 500 places across the country, former finance minister Kibria murder and bomb attack in many places as well.
She added that, "Bangladesh's economy came to standstill due to terrorism, militancy and corruption."
The prime minister continued that people at that time (BNP's regime) took to the street, actually they were compelled to come down on the street.
She went on saying, "AL government has rescued the country from that state. So, why will Bangladesh become Sri Lanka today?"
The prime minister said her government is adopting development schemes in a well planned manner so the country's economy keeps rolling, continuing its ongoing trend and moving ahead.
"We think in a pragmatic way before taking any development project. We think that what type of development will be in the country after implementation of the project," she said.
She added that she does not take any project in return for commission and it is the reality.
"My only thought is that what type of benefit the country and people will get from the development projects," she said. "We do such a plan, and we are taking the country ahead this way," she added.
She said Bangladesh is repaying all loans on time whenever they borrow from someone but "we are doing it so carefully".