Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Friday said that the people of Narayanganj have given through the NCC polls a befitting reply to the BNP’s unfounded allegations over the elections.
“The Awami League (AL) has proved that elections can be arranged in a free, fair and credible manner,” Sheikh Hasina said, adding that those have been elected whom the voters liked.
Sheikh Hasina, also the president of the ruling Awami League, came up with the statement when Narayanganj City Corporation mayor-elect Selina Hayat Ivy met her at Ganobhaban.
The prime minister said that the BNP had burnt the people to death, set vehicles on fire and destroyed public and private properties in the name of movement.
“They created mayhem for 93 days in the name of movement. Why will the people cast their votes for them? Do they have the right to seek vote?” she asked.
Thanking the Election Commission for arranging peaceful elections, the premier said, “It has been my directive that the polls should have to be held in a peaceful, neutral and credible manner so that the voters can cast their votes.”
She welcomed Ivy and the people of Narayanganj for her re-election in the Narayanganj City Corporation polls.
“I welcome the people of Narayanganj as they realised that the pace of development continuation with the continuation of the government,” she said, thanking all the leaders and activists for working for the AL-backed candidate.
Lauding the role of the law enforcing agencies in maintaining the law and order, the prime minister said, “I thank them as they have ensured excellent security.”
She also responded to an allegation of the BNP. The BNP at a briefing raised an allegation of irregularities during the counting of votes and demanded a judicial inquiry.
Sheikh Hasina said, “The BNP is looking for excuses and demanding a judicial inquiry. Something has to be said as they do not have any genuine allegation to raise.”
Referring to the BNP regime, the premier said the BNP was born illegally and Ziaur Rahman staged ‘Yes’ ‘No’ vote after usurping office in 1978.
The prime minister said as the vote rigging was so clear during the BNP regime, people built resistance and launched movement.
“Khaleda Zia was compelled to step down from office on March 30 in 1996 due to rigging of vote. Why do they forget the fact?” she said.
Referring to the polls to the five city corporations, the premier said, “They won the polls to the five city corporations. How did they win those polls, if the Awami League rigged the vote. We went by the mandate of the people.”
Reminiscing about the selection of Ivy, the premier said the Narayanganj unit AL sent three names dropping the name of Ivy but the AL local government nomination board picked up as the candidate.
“I had a belief on the people, especially on Narayanganj people that they would cast vote for the Boat if they get an opportunity,” she said.
The premier said Ivy has been working for the development of Narayanganj.
“Now she will be able to complete her unfinished development works,” she said.
The prime minister said the government approved new development projects at the meeting of the ECNEC.
“We have been taking up many development projects and implementing those,” she said.
During the PM’s speech, the leaders and activists demanded an announcement for the development of Narayanganj.
In response, the premier said she had been running development activities across the country.
The construction work of the bridge on Sitalakhya is supposed to begin much earlier, is not it, she asked.
Speaking on the occasion, Ivy said she dedicated the victory to Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and the freedom fighters those who were martyred or alive yet.
She also thanked the premier for holding the polls in a peaceful and credible manner.
“As Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina was rigid, fair polls were held in Narayanganj. As neutral polls were held, the boat won the battle,” the mayor-elect said.
“It has been proved that a credible poll is possible under Sheikh Hasina,” she added.
Ivy won the NCC polls defeating BNP candidate Sakhawat Hossain Khan by a huge margin.
Narayanganj AL unit president Abdul Hye and city unit president Anwar Hossain, among others were present at the programme.
AL leaders, including Matia Chowdhury, Dipu Moni, Ahmad Hossain and Muhibul Haque Chowdhury, were also present.