Prime Minister’s ICT Adviser Sajeeb Wazed Joy on Saturday said BNP and Oikyafront, having been thoroughly rejected by voters, have started begging their foreign masters for help, reports UNB.
“They’re on an international lobbying and PR blitz to try to prove that our elections were rigged. The fact is that it’s mathematically impossible,” said Joy, also son of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina.In a post shared on his verified Facebook page, he said the Awami League’s margin over the BNP is about 49 million votes.
Joy said it is simply not possible to manipulate elections by 49 million votes without it being caught on everyone’s mobile camera. “As for their claims of voter intimidation, even if every voter who did not vote for AL voted for the Oikyafront, they would still be more than 22 million votes short.”
Still, Joy said, a section of so-called ‘civil society’ continues to join the BNP’s international PR campaign against the election.
Addressing all their complaints, Joy raised a few of his own, saying the final voter turnout figure is 80 percent and it is not a record in Bangladesh.
“That distinction is held by the 2008 elections under the 2007-2008 “caretaker” regime when turnout was 87%. The AL won that election in a landslide with 48% of the vote by itself. In 2001, the voter turnout was around 75.6% and in 1996 it was 75%. Turnout was just slightly higher because this is the first fully participatory elections in a decade,” he added.
The second propaganda, Joy said, is that the ruling party received 90 percent of the vote. “This is a complete falsehood. The AL by itself received around 72 percent.”The grand alliance allies received just under 5 percent and even the 72 percent is not a record for the AL. Joy said in the 1973 election after Independence the AL received 73.2 percent of the vote. “Just as the reason then was the AL led the country to Independence, our vote increase this time has two very good reasons.”
Finding reasons behind this, Joy said, the AL government has improved the lives of citizens more than any other government in Bangladesh’s history.
“We have become a middle-income country, per capita income has trebled, poverty has been halved, almost everyone has access to education, basic healthcare, electricity, and the list is endless. If there was a way to improve the lives of the Bangladeshi people, our Government has done it or the progress is visible,” he added.
Joy said “civil society” keeps harping about how the Bangladeshi voters are anti-incumbent, but that is just an indication of how out of touch they are with the common man.
“If you’re an ordinary citizen, even if you’re a wealthy businessman, your life and business are doing so much better now since the AL has turned Bangladesh into the fastest growing economy in the world. Why would you vote against the government that has transformed your life and business?”