B’desh PM Hasina alleges 'slow poisoning' in sub-jail

Dhaka: Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has alleged that there were attempts on her life by mixing poison with her food when she was under detention in a sub-jail during the state of emergency.

The "slow poisoning" caused a serious problem to my eyes, Hasina told Parliament yesterday.

"I was held in a dirty house and given shabby mattress and bed. But Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) chief Khaleda Zia was kept in the speaker's residence. Khaleda was allowed to keep a domestic help and her food was brought from outside and cloths washed at laundry," she said.

The Prime Minister was making the concluding speech on the thanksgiving motion on the President's address.

Hasina's arch-rival Leader of the Opposition Khaleda Zia did not take part in the discussion on the thanksgiving motion. However, the BNP-led opposition lawmakers were present in the House when the premier delivered her speech.

She accused the BNP-Jamaat alliance of hatching a conspiracy to increase prices of essentials "using the money they looted while in power".

The Prime Minister claimed the BNP-Jamaat alliance has decided not to allow the government run the country smoothly.

"BNP-Jamaat alliance is spending their looted money to increase the prices of essentials. Thousands of crore of taka are now in their hands and it does not matter to them if they spend Tk 1,000 crore for this purpose," she said.