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Was offered smooth return to power in exchange for airbase by a whiteman: PM

Was offered smooth return to power in exchange for airbase by a whiteman: PM

Awami League President and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has said that a white-skinned foreign country wants to install an airbase in Bangladesh and that it is still conspiring against her government after being rejected.

"Next time, they said, no election will be held in the country." If an election took place, there would be no problem for me to be sworn into power if I allowed a country to set up an airbase inside our country. The proposal came from a whiteman," Sheikh Hasina said at a meeting of the Awami League-led 14-party alliance on Thursday.

"I replied that I am the daughter of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman. We liberated this country through a war. I do not want to gain power by renting or giving certain parts of my country to anyone. If people in the country want it, I will come to power."

The premier said: "I am sharing this information to enlighten you. I am fighting this battle wherever I go. At that time, I accepted the challenge. However, the conspiracy is still ongoing. There is a plan to make a Christian state here like East Timur with some parts of Bangladesh’s Chittagong and Myanmar."

She revealed the plan for a military base in the Bay of Bengal, which is connected to the Indian Ocean. "This area has been famous for trade and business for a long time. The nearby area is devoid of any controversy. Many want an establishment here, but I rejected this proposal. This is my fault. Where do they want to attack by installing an airbase here? I know an attack will be easy by using this place."

Sheikh Hasina stated: "Due to this circumstance, we frequently encounter challenges, but I choose not to dwell on these issues. My country's people are my strength; if they are with me, we have no problem so far."

The Premier said that if the people want, she will come to power, if not, she will not come. "I am telling these because everyone should know," she said.

The 14-party alliance coordinator and spokesperson and AL Advisory Council Member Amir Hossain Amu and AL General Secretary and Road Transport and Bridges Minister Obaidul Quader were present on the dais.