Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Saturday called upon the people to vote for ‘boat’, the electoral symbol of the ruling Awami League, saying if voted to power again, they will ensure civic facilities at every village across the country.
“Civic facilities will be available at every village and people will live a better life, if Awami League comes to power again. We will turn every village into a town,” she said.Sheikh Hasina, also the president of the ruling AL was addressing a huge public meeting on the police lines ground in Pabna town. Pabna district unit of the party organised the rally.
The premier urged audience to raise hands and make a promise that they will again vote for ‘boat’ to give the party another chance to serve them.
“The next national election will be held in December this year. You make a promise that you will vote for ‘boat’ to bring Awami League AL to power again,” she said.
All promises made by her party and the government will be fulfilled, the premier added.
“Surely the country will be a prosperous one. We’ll not beg [any financial help] form others. Bangladesh is now a developing country. It will be a middle-income country by 2021 and a developed one by 2041,” she said.
The AL chief also said: “None was able to suppress Bengalees in the past and none will be able to do so in future. We are moving ahead and will continue to move forward. The dreams of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman will be fulfilled.”Highlighting various development works of her government, Sheikh Hasina said her party Awami League knows how to develop the country and how to carry out development activities.
“I’ve nothing to want or get. I want to work for you as I’ve lost all my family members. My father wanted the people of country to be free from hunger and poverty, be happy and live peaceful life,” she said.
Coming down heavily on the Bangladesh Nationalist Party, Sheikh Hasina said that they (BNP) cannot give anything to the people except destruction of the country.
“BNP only knows how to destroy. They only know killings and destruction.
Whenever they assumed office, they resorted to killings,” the premier alleged.
On the other hand, AL always works for development of the country and its people, she said.
Referring to killing of AL men during the BNP-Jamaat regime, the premier said aaid she did not take revenge rather she used every moment to work for the people.
Mentioning BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia’s imprisonment for embezzlement of money of orphans, she said the BNP chief was jailed as she plundered money of the orphans.
Renewing her pledge to free Bangladesh from terrorism, militancy and the clutch of drugs, Sheikh Hasina said her government is continuing drives against the social ills.
She sought cooperation and support from the guardians, teachers, freedom fighters and religious leaders to keep the youths from terrorism, militancy and drug addiction.
Terming the inauguration and laying of foundation stones of various development projects as a ‘gift’ from her to the Pabna people, she said once the construction of the two units of Rooppur nuclear power plant is completed, many employment opportunities will be created here.
Earlier, Sheikh Hasina inaugurated 31 development projects and laid the foundation stone of 18 development projects through unveiling plaques from the venue.
Agriculture minister Matia Chowdhury, health minister Mohammad Nasim, AL presidium member Abdur Razzaque, AL joint general secretaries Jahangir Kabir Nanak and Dipu Moni and AL central leader SM Kamal Hossain, among others, addressed the public rally chaired by district AL president and land minister Shamsur Rahman Sharif Dilu.