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PM rules out emergency

The prime minister, Sheikh Hasina, on Wednesday in parliament ruled out proclamation of a state of emergency to tackle the ongoing violence amidst the non-stop blockade and general strikes called by the Bangladesh Nationalist Party-led alliance.
‘Why a state of emergency should be proclaimed? There is no such situation that warrants proclamation of emergency,’ she said replying to a supplementary question from opposition chief whip Tajul Islam Chowdhury during the question hour for the prime minister.The law enforcers are there and they are taking necessary steps to contain violence, Hasina said.
The prime minister’s statement came on the 30th day of an indefinite blockade called by BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia on January 5 as the law enforcers had been laying siege to her Gulshan office keeping her inside since January 3 to foil a rally the BNP-led alliance had planned for January 5.At least 53 people were killed in violence erupted after the call for the blockade.Hasina also ruled out enactment of a law to contain the ongoing deadly violence.
Hasina alleged that Khaleda wanted to go to power through killing people. ‘We deferred the Secondary School Certificate examinations as Khaleda might not hesitate to kill students during the public examinations enforcing strike and blockade.’The prime minister said, ‘Those who are involved in violence would not be allowed to get bail.’
Replying to another supplementary question from Awami League lawmaker Abdul Matin Khashru, Hasina said, ‘Khaleda has become mad and she can do anything…Schedules of SSC exams have been deferred to save the lives of students from her wraths.’Responding to another question from AL lawmaker Nasima Ferdousi, the prime minister said that the BNP and the Jamaat were jointly killing innocent people in firebomb attacks since the first week of January.‘The government is committed to ensure the safety of the people’s life and property…Actions against saboteurs have been ordered and people involved in subversion and their abettors will be brought to book,’ the prime minister said.She said that the police and intelligence agencies had been instructed to arrest planners and patrons of saboteurs and joint drives of police, Rapid Action Battalion and Border Guard Bangladesh were on.
She also said that the intelligence agencies were helping the police by tracing the whereabouts of saboteurs. The government has taken steps to ensure proper medical treatment of the victims of acts of sabotage.