Wednesday, 16 October, 2019

AL deserves vote for posterity’s better future: PM

Published on: 11:11 am - Friday | December 14, 2018


Awami League President and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina today sought everybody’s vote for her party to ensure a beautiful future for the posterity, keeping up the country’s development spree.

“Every vote and seat are valuable and your one vote will help us form
the government . . . shortage of a single seat could bar the reinstallation
of our party to the government,” she told a wayside rally at Bhanga
intersection in Faridpur this morning.

The premier added: “So cast your vote for ‘boat’ to ensure our victory
so we can keep up the continuity of the country’s development”.

AL candidate of Faridpur-4 constituency (Bhanga-Sadarpur-Charbhadrasan)
Kazi Zafarrullah also addressed the rally, while Bangabandhu’s younger
daughter Sheikh Rehana was present.

Sheikh Hasina was on her way to Dhaka from Tungipara as part of the
party’s second day of election campaign.

“If Awami League doesn’t return to power, the construction work of the
Padma Bridge Project will be halted.

So, a single vote is also valuable for us to continue the uplift works,” she said.

In this connection, the AL president said, her government in 2001 laid
the foundation stone of the bridge. “But, after coming to power, the BNP-
Jamaat government stopped the work of the bridge,” she said.

“Many leaders will try to misguide you by speaking about different
issues. But, you will have to cast your vote by own and guard the polling
centres by creating public opinion,” the AL president told the people at the

Later, the prime minister addressed a rally on the Komarpur Abdul Aziz
Institute premises in Faridpur.

On her way to Dhaka, she will also address five more rallies at Rajbari
intersection, Manikganj bus stand, Rabeya Medical College and Hospital
premises in Dhamrai and Savar bus stand.

Earlier in the day, Sheikh Hasina started her journey around 9:04 am by
road from Tungipara.

Before starting her journey, she recited from the holy Quran and offered
munajat at the shrine of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur

On Wednesday, the Awami League president launched her party’s election
campaign by placing wreaths at the shrine of Bangabandhu in Tungipara. She
also addressed a public rally at Sheikh Lutfar Rahman Government Degree
College ground in Kotalipara.

The prime minister said her party deserved votes also for establishing a
corruption, militancy and terrorism-free Bangladesh saying “my aim is now to
establish a corruption, militancy and terrorism-free Bangladesh and your vote
is required to achieve the goal”.

She reminded all Bangladesh’s rating as the most corrupt country for five
consecutive years when the BNP-Jamaat government was in power while “now the
corruption has come down significantly and for this, we got its recognition”.

Sheikh Hasina said Bangabandhu and Bangamata sacrificed their lives for the
betterment of the people and “I’ve also dedicated my life to the welfare of
the people . . . if needed, I will shed my blood to establish your rights”.

Spelling out Bangladesh’s stunning successes in different sectors, the AL
president said the country started its journey towards light and none will
able to halt this advancement.

“We have sacrificed all things for the young generation,” she said, adding
that the continuity of the government is a must for changing their lot and
keeping up the country’s development.

The prime minister said if elected again, the Awami League would build a
hunger and poverty-free Bangladesh so the future generation gets a better

The people raised their hands in favour of boat, when the Awami president
sought support from them. “Please promise that you will vote for boat, I’m
also giving commitment to establishing a hunger and poverty-free Bangladesh
so that your children get a better life,” she said.

Sheikh Hasina said the nation will celebrate birth centenary of
Bangabandhu in 2020 and golden jubilee of independence in 2021 and these will
be celebrated with festivity if Awami League comes to power again.

“So you can understand that how much valuable your vote,” she said.

Vowing that ongoing drive against terrorism, militancy and narcotics will
continue, the prime minister said those who have links with drugs must be
isolated and called upon people to wage a social campaign to root out these

The prime minister urged the people, including parents, teachers, guardians and religious leaders, to remain alert so that the children cannot not step into wrong paths like terrorism, militancy and drug addiction.

“You’ve to remain always alert about children – where they go and with whom they develop relations,” she said.

“We want our children and youth folk to be groomed with a healthy life so that we can utilise their talents and thoughts,” she added.

About her government’s success in different sectors, including power, the AL president said these successes have been achieved as the government has adopted long-term plans in this regard.

The prime minister said 93 percent people have been brought under the electricity coverage as the government has been able to raise power generation to 20,000 MW.

“Every house will get electricity, if Awami League stays in power. And like that, we will enlighten the country and society through education,” she said.

Talking about the development of Faridpur, Sheikh Hasina said the district was neglected so much in the past as the successive governments after 1975 did nothing for it.

Those governments were engaged in looting, and corruption was their principle, she said, adding Faridpur was once called “Fakirpur”.

The prime minister said the Awami League governments after assuming office undertook massive development programmes for the neglected southern district.

“The people of the district know well that their socioeconomic development takes place when the Awami League comes to power,” she said.

About the long-standing demand of Faridpur people to turn the district into a division, Sheikh Hasina said a process to this end is underway. “We will consider the matter, if we are reelected,” she said.

The prime minister said her government has undertaken separate development programmes for every area to generate massive employment opportunities.

LGRD and Cooperatives Minister Engineer Mosharraf Hossain, who is the Awami League candidate in Faridpur-3 constituency, also addressed the rally on the Komarpur Abdul Aziz Institute premises in Faridpur.


While addressing the rally in Faridpur, the Awami League president came down heavily on the BNP-Jamaat for their five-year misrule from 2001 to 2006.

“They (BNP-Jamaat) did not do any development for the people but indulged in killing and looting. They embezzled orphans’ money, while many mothers lost their sons in the hands of the BNP-Jamaat elements,” she said.

Sheikh Hasina said the BNP-Jamaat nexus conspired to foil the 2014 elections but the people of the country resisted their evil design.

She said the people didn’t respond to the BNP-Jamaat movement in 2014 and 2015.

The prime minister put emphasis on maintaining the continuity of the government, saying that Bangladesh is now a role model of development as Awami League government was reelected through the 2014 elections.

Sheikh Hasina said Bangladesh conquered the space and the sea by launching satellite and achieving maritime boundary. “We’ve realized just share of the Ganges water and solved the land boundary dispute with India,” she said.

The prime minister later addressed separate election rallies in Doulatdia Bus Terminal, Paturia Truck Terminal, Manikganj Bus Stand, Dhamrai Hardinge High School Ground and Savar Bus Stand.

Addressing the rallies, she said the BNP did not utilize the country’s resources and instead, they looted those.

“BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia embezzled the orphans’ money and she is now in jail for corruption, not for any political reason,” she said, adding BNP did nothing but destruction.

Sheikh Hasina urged the countrymen to remain alert so that the killers, looters and corrupts do not came back to state power.

The prime minister also highlighted Bangladesh’s success in the field of world sports, particularly cricket.

While talking about the country’s economic development, the she said Bangladesh attained 7.86 percent GDP growth in the last fiscal year, while inflation came down to around 5.4 percent.

She said the purchasing capacity of the people has increased to a great extent due to vibrant economy. “A day labourer can now buy 10 kgs of rice through his/her daily income,” she said.

The prime minister said: “We will consider the construction of the second Padma Bridge after completing the first one, if we are reelected.” (BSS)