Padma Bridge work will be halted if AL not reelected | 2018-12-14

Padma Bridge work will be halted if AL not reelected

Hasina says at public rally

Shawkat Ali Khan

14 December, 2018 12:00 AM printer

Padma Bridge work will be halted if AL not reelected

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina addresses a mammoth public rally at Komorpur Abdul Aziz institution ground in Faridpur on Thursday. — BSS Photo

Awami League president Sheikh Hasina on Thursday called upon the people to guard the polling booths so that none can snatch their voting rights.

“Each vote is valuable to us. Before casting your vote in favour of ‘boat’ symbol, you have to guard the polling booths so that none can snatch your franchise,” she said.

The Awami League president made the call while addressing a public rally at Bhanga crossing in Faridpur on her way to Dhaka from Tungipara on the second day her party’s poll campaign.

Sheikh Hasina, the incumbent prime minister, urged everyone to vote for her party so that they can come to power again to build a hunger- and poverty-free Bangladesh. 

She said construction work of Padma Bridge will be stopped if the Awami League fails to return to power.

“Your one vote will help us to form government for the continuation of the country’s development.”

The Awami League president said her government in 2001 laid the foundation stone of the Padma Bridge. “But, after coming to power, the BNP-Jamaat government stopped the work of the bridge.”

She said the nation will celebrate the birth centenary of Bangabandhu in 2020 and the golden jubilee of independence in 2021 and that the celebrations of the two great ocassions will be held with huge festivities if the Awami League comes to power again.

“So you can understand how much valuable your vote is,” she added.

Seeking vote for Awami League candidate Kazi Zafarullah for Faridpur-4, Sheikh Hasina called upon all to ensure win of her party candidates in all constituencies.

“In the month of victory, I come here to seek vote in favour of ‘boat’. So, cast your vote for our party in December 30 polls so that we can build a hunger- and poverty-free Bangladesh,” she said.

While addressing another rally at Komorpur in Faridpur, Sheikh Hasina vowed that Faridpur district will be turned into a division if her party comes to power again.

“Discussion is going on over turning Faridpur district into a division. We’ll announce Faridpur as a division after completing all the procedure,” she said.  

Seeking vote for Khandker Mosharraf Hossain for Faridpur-3, the prime minister said, “We need another chance to serve the country. Our aim is to build a country free of corruption, terrorism and drug abuse.”

Bashing BNP for misrule during its regimes, she reminded all of Bangladesh’s rating as the most corrupt country for five consecutive years when BNP and Jamaat were in power.

“But now corruption has come down significantly and we got recognition in this regard,” she said.

Addressing another rally at Doulatdia Feri Ghat in Rajbari, Sheikh Hasina pledged to build another Padma Bridge for the welfare and development of the people.

“A second Padma bridge will be built for the sake of welfare and development of the people after the completion of the construction work on the first Padma Bridge,” she said.

 “Directives have been given to the authorities to carry out feasibility study on another Padma bridge. If we come to power again, we’ll build the second Padma Bridge,” she said.

Referring to different challenges over the Padma Bridge project, Sheikh Hasina said World Bank had brought false allegation of corruption in the project.

“But we take it as challenge and started the construction work with our own fund,” she said.

Spelling out Bangladesh’s stunning successes in different sectors, the Awami League president said the country started its journey towards light and none will able to halt this journey.

She also sought votes for two party candidates — Kazi Keramat Ali and Zillul Hakim.

Addressing another rally at Paturia Ghat at Manikganj, Sheikh Hasina sought vote for the ‘jewels’ of Manikganj.

“You have many jewels, but I picked some jewels from here. AM Naimur Rahman Durjoy is one of the jewels and singer Momtaz Begom is another jewel, so vote for them,” she said

The people raised their hands in favour of ‘boat’, when the Awami president sought support from them. “Please promise that you will vote for boat, I’m also giving commitment to building a hunger and poverty-free Bangladesh so that your children get a better life,” she said adding that nobody will cast votes for those people who earned bad name, unleashing corruption and embezzled public money.

She also said Awami League dedicated the upcoming election to the country’s young generation.

“We have sacrificed all things for the young generation,” she said adding that continuity of the government is essential for changing their lot and keeping up the country’s overall development.

Sheikh Hasina also pledged that an international standard stadium and economic zone will be set up in Manikganj if Awami League assumes office again.

Vowing that ongoing drive against terrorism, militancy and narcotics will continue, the prime minister said those who have links with drugs must be isolated and called upon people to wage a social campaign to root out these menaces.

About her government’s successes in different sectors, including power, she  said these successes came as the government has adopted long-term development plans.

Later, Sheikh Hasina also addressed two meetings on the premises of Hardinge School and College at Dhamrai and Savar University College.

Earlier in the day, Sheikh Hasina started her journey around 9:00am by road from Tungipara.

Before starting her journey, she recited from the holy Quran and offered munajat at the grave of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.

On Wednesday, the Awami League president launched her party’s election campaign by addressing a public rally at Sheikh Lutfar Rahman Government Degree College ground at Kotalipara in Gopalganj.