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Next polls to be held as per constitution: PM

Rohingyas given shelter on humanitarian grounds, she says

Staff Correspondent     8 September, 2017 12:00 AM printer

Next polls to be held as per constitution: PM

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina said on Thursday that the next national election will be held as per the provision of the constitution.

“There is no scope of holding the election under caretaker government The Election Commission will conduct it. It will surely be held in a free, fair and credible manner. There is no chance of catching fish in troubled waters,” she said.

The premier made the remarks while delivering her introductory speech at a meeting of the Awami League Central Working Committee at Ganobhaban in the capital.

Her remarks came days after opposition BNP reiterated their demand for the holding of the election under non-party

Sheikh Hasina said her party Awami League established voting rights of the countrymen and ensured their constitutional rights as well.

About the 2014 national election, she said the Election Commission conducted the polls independently during her tenure.

“The people exercised their voting rights in the election, braving the BNP-sponsored violence. All elections were held in a free, fair and credible way during our tenure,” she said.

The premier said the country’s poverty  rate has come down to 22 percent in the last eight years during her government.“We have increased per capita income. But, the BNP chief and her son were engaged in looting public money during their tenure. My government brought back money laundered abroad by the BNP chief’s son,” she said.

The premier said Bangladesh became world champion in corruption for five times during the BNP tenure.

“Those who are used to loot public money will never give people anything. Now, they are giving statement of holding fair polls,” she added.

She further said the BNP would not be able to win the city and local body elections if they were not held in a free and fair way during the incumbent government.

“We will not allow anybody to play game with voting rights of the countrymen,” she said.

Sheikh Hasina alleged it was BNP founder Ziaur Rahman who polluted the environment of a free and fair election through introducing “Yes-No” vote.

The premier said that Rohingyas, in a large scale, enter Bangladesh in search of shelter when any unpleasant event takes place in Myanmar.
“We are giving them shelter on humanitarian grounds,” she also said.

She further said her government is putting pressure on the Myanmar authorities to take back the Rohingyas staying illegally in Bangladesh to their homeland.