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PM pledges for providing help to representatives of all parties

Published on: 5:40 pm - Wednesday | September 5, 2018

Vowing to provide help to all public representatives, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has said people would elect their favourite contestants in the election as the democracy is well-established in Bangladesh.

Hasina spoke at the swearing-in ceremony for the newly elected mayors and councillors of Rajshahi and Sylhet City Corporations at her office in Dhaka on Wednesday, reports

The prime minister mentioned that the Awami League contestant had won the mayoral post in Rajshahi and the BNP contestant in Sylhet, adding that councillors from different political parties and independent candidates have been elected too.

“It has proved that the democracy is well-established in Bangladesh and people from every part of the country have attained the right to the vote that enabled them to elect their favourite contestants.”

“We have struggled to establish democracy in the country and also ensured that people can vote independently,” Hasina said.

“Democracy means people’s constitutional right to the vote. We are totally dedicated to protecting that right.”

“Some stray incidents do take place but we always take action against it, so that the people can enjoy their fundamental rights and elect their favourite contestants,” she said.

Hasina said a country can prosper when democracy remains uninterrupted.

“Today Bangladesh has become the role model for development,” she said adding that the continuation of the same government in power made it possible.

The prime minister administered the oath-taking ceremony for both mayors AHM Khairuzzaman Liton and Ariful Haque Chowdhury, and later the local government minister administered the oath-taking for 40 councillors from Rajshahi and 36 from Sylhet.

“You must serve the people no matter which political party you belong to,” the prime minister told the elected mayors and councillors.

She spoke about different development projects implemented by her government and the goal to make Bangladesh a middle-income country by 2021. Also, she mentioned the 100-year Delta Plan.

“Our goal is to ensure that Bangladesh continues to develop, no matter which party assumes the power,” said Hasina.

“I expect whoever forms the government must ponder on the development of the people rather than amassing the wealth for themselves.”

“You are the elected public representatives; the people have put their faith in you. It is your duty to work for the betterment of the people in your constituency no matter which political party you are affiliated to,” she told the public representatives.

She pledged to provide help to the public representatives as the head of the government irrespective of their political affiliations.

“At the same time, we won’t spare anyone from any political party if they adopt irregularity or militancy,” Hasina warned.

“We want to develop the country and ensure peace, development and security.”

Cabinet members, including Finance Minister Abul Maal Abdul Muhith and Road Transport Minister Obaidul Quader, were also present on the occasion.
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