Awami League presidium member and Health and Family Welfare Minister Mohammad Nasim on Friday said that there is no possibility of holding the mid-term polls in Bangladesh. The national polls would be held as per schedule.
Mohammad Nasim said this while speaking as the chief guest at a public-cum-freedom fighters' rally at Naogaon Shah Sharif Zindani College ground under Tarash upazila in Sirajganj after inaugurating a memorial of the war of liberation of non-official sector Palashdanga Youth Camp, BSS reports.
Pointing at BNP chairperson Begum Khaleda Zia, the senior Awami League leader said, "You (Begum Zia) are demanding election and that will be held. But that (polls) would be held as per schedule in the year 2019 after expiry of the tenure of the government, not a day before."
The then deputy commander of Palashdanga Youth Camp MM Amzad Hossain Milon, MP, presided over the rally, also addressed, among others, by Sirajganj District Awami League (AL) general secretary Golam Kibria, Prof Abdul Kuddus, MP, Mokbul Hossain, MP, Tarash Upazila AL president Abdul Huq and general secretary Sanjit Karmakar.
Urging Begum Khaleda Zia to take preparations for the next national polls, Mohammad Nasim said, "Take preparations for the election refraining from undemocratic movements. In that election people will take decision who will govern the state."
Highlighting on various development activities of the present government, he said, "The government of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina values its commitments. The present government held trial of the killers of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu and also initiated trial of those who committed crimes against humanity. Militancy spread throughout the country during the rule of Khaleda Zia. Sheikh Hasina's government contained those militants and eliminated militancy."
The Health Minister said, "The country has achieved progress in the health sector. Bangladesh is a model for health services now in the world. Healthcare facilities have reached to the doorsteps of people in the rural areas through community clinics."
At that time, Mohammad Nasim called upon all the doctors to work with a motto of serving the people in their work places rendering standard services to their patients.
Earlier, the minister inaugurated a 50-bed elevated hospital project from 31-bed at Tarash Upazila headquarters and spoke at a rally organised by the Health Directorate on the occasion there.
Civil Surgeon Dr Debapada Roy presided over the rally, also addressed, among others, by chief engineer of the Health Directorate Brigadier General Ahmedul Kabir, Deputy Commissioner Billal Hossain, director (Hospitals) of the Health Directorate Dr Samiul Islam Sadi, director of its Rajshahi division Dr Hedayetul Islam and Tarash Upazila Parishad chairman Md Abdul Huq.