Hasina seeks vote for partyStaff Correspondent
The prime minister, Sheikh Hasina, on Saturday urged people to vote for the Awami League’s election symbol of boat in the forthcoming general elections for the continuation of development.
‘I want your vote for boat in the next elections so that I could complete the remaining development work the government has undertaken,’ she said adding that only the Awami League could complete the development work when it would come to power.
Addressing a rally at Shaheed Manju stadium at Araihazar in Narayanganj, Hasina said that if the BNP came to power again, it would establish a reign of terror and corruption and halt the country’s development.
She said that Bangladesh would also head for ruination if ‘the corrupt BNP’ was voted to power again.
Referring to the announcement of the leader of the opposition in the parliament, Khaleda Zia, to govern the country in a different way, Hasina said that by this, the BNP chief had meant the introduction of different politics for the re-establishment of a reign of terror, extremism, corruption and money laundering.
‘The different politics of the BNP is that if it comes to power, it will again start exploding different types of bombs, committing corruption, making food deficit and forcing the country into darkness,’ she added.
Hasina, also the Awami League president, said that while her government had turned Bangladesh into a role model for development in the world, the leader of the opposition in the parliament had write an article for the foreign media to weaken the economy.
She said that people’s rights were taken away when the BNP-Jamaat alliance came to power. ‘The BNP-Jamaat alliance government killed many people when they demanded fertilisers and electricity.’
Hasina said that people had already stared experiencing benefits of the digital Bangladesh after being facilitated with low-cost mobile services and internet services at 4,585 information service centres, multi-media classrooms and automation services.
‘People now can send money with mobiles and enjoy e-medical services. Students can buy admission forms of universities and colleges using mobile services,’ she added.
The prime minister said that the BNP was trying to save war criminals by creating a chaos and killing people but the BNP would not be able to save war criminals however hard it tried.
‘The BNP also tried to save killers of the father of the nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman in different ways, including making some of them lawmakers, but it failed to save them. This time it will also fail to save war criminals. The trial of war criminals will be held on this soil,’ she said.
Hasina said that living standards had increased significantly in the past four years and a half because of different initiatives taken by this government. ‘During the tenure of the BNP-Jamaat government, day labourers could buy only one to two kilograms of rice with their income but now they can buy eight to ten kilograms of rice,’ she said.
The agriculture minister, Matia Chowdhury, at the gathering said that the government had not imported rice in the past two years. ‘It has rather started exporting fine-grade rice.’
She termed Nobel laureate Muhammad Yunus an interest monger and urged people to be cautious about him. ‘Beware of dog! beware of Yunus!’
The Araihazar unit Awami League organised the rally. The LGRD and cooperatives minister, Syed Ashraful Islam, the prime minister’s energy adviser Toufique-e-Elahi, the state minister for power, Enamul Haque, and local lawmakers also spoke.
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