Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Monday said that the father of the nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman wanted to bring a revolutionary change in the election system so that none can spend additional money and carry out campaign personally.
The premier came up with this observation while addressing a discussion meeting at Bangabandhu International Conference Centre in the capital this afternoon.
“By creating a national unity, he wanted to introduce such an election system so that none can spend additional money and carry out campaign personally,” she said.
Sheikh Hasina, also the Awami League (AL) president, was presiding over the discussion meeting.
Bangladesh Awami League organised the discussion on the occasion of the 99th birth anniversary of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and the National Children’s Day.
Mentioning that when the Father of the Nation was rebuilding the war-ravaged nation and taking it to the path of economic freedom, then terrorism, militancy and division among the freedom fighters were created to thwart Bangladesh’s advancement, Bangabandhu then called for a national unity saying that economic emancipation is most important for the people.
“He created a platform with the people irrespective of parties and opinions to achieve the goal,” she said.
Sheikh Hasina said Bangabandhu wanted to introduce a new election system to ensure that the polls are not controlled by the money and sticks and the people posses the voting rights.
“I believe that the people of the country will realise gradually that how much the thinking of Bangabandhu about election was suitable for Bangladesh,” she added.
If Bangabandhu been allowed to make the system effective, she added, the question about fair elections would have not been raised and bloodbath and killing have not been taken place centering the election.
The prime minister said military dictator Ziaur Rahman completely destroyed the politics of voting. “After grabbing power illegally and violating constitution, he staged so called ‘yes-no’ vote and presidential elections to legalise his power,” she said, adding this practice continued in Bangladesh for a long.
AL Advisory Council Members Amir Hossain Amu and Tofail Ahmed, Presidium Member Begum Matia Chowdhury, eminent educationist Professor Syed Anwar Hossain, AL Acting General Secretary Mahbub-ul Alam Hanif, Joint Secretary Jahangir Kabir Nanak, Organizing Secretary Ahmed Hossain, former minister Advocate Quamrul Islam also addressed the discussion.
Besides, AL Women Affairs Secretary Fazilatunnesa Indira, Relief and Welfare Secretary Sujit Roy Nandi, Central Working Committee Member Advocate Azmatullah Khan, Dhaka North City AL General Secretary Sadek Khan, MP, Dhaka South City AL General Secretary Shahe Alam Murad spoke.
AL Publicity and Publication Secretary Dr Hasan Mahmud and Deputy Publicity and Publication Secretary Aminul Islam Amin conducted the function.
Sheikh Hasina urged the countrymen to stay alert so the anti-liberation forces, killers, terrorists and militants never come to power.
“On the birth anniversary of Bangabandhu, it’s my only call to the countrymen to remain careful so that the anti-liberation forces, killers, militants, the August 21 grenade attackers, arms smugglers and those who embezzled orphans’ money cannot return to power and play ducks and drakes with the fate of the people,” she said.
The prime minister also vowed to uphold the rights of the people by building a hunger-and-poverty-free ‘Sonar Bangla’ as dreamt by the Father of the Nation.
“This Bangladesh is Bangabandhu’s Bangladesh where we want the rights of the people to be upheld and it’s our commitment on this day that we will establish a hunger-and-poverty-free Sonar Bangla Insha Allah,” she added.