February 26, 2017 - 7:09pm
The prime minister, Sheikh Hasina, on Sunday urged the people to reelect Bangladesh Awami League to continue the country's peace, progress and development, saying that all uplift activities would be halted if the BNP-Jamaat nexus comes to power.
Sheikh Hasina said if Awami League is reelected, development of everybody will be made and their life would be beautiful. But there would be no uplift and all development activities would be stopped if the BNP-Jamaat, the plunderers, terrorists, militants and illegal power grabbers, comes to power. ‘They won't give anything, rather they would eat everything,’ she said.
‘So I hope that you would give us an opportunity to serve you again by casting vote for ‘boat’, the symbol of Awami League,’ she added. Sheikh Hasina, also the Awami League president, said this while addressing a mammoth public rally at Shantahar Stadium here this afternoon.
Adamdighi Upazila Awami League organized the rally with its president Ansar Ali Mridha in the chair. Land minister Shamsur Rahman Sharif, food minister Advocate Qamrul Islam, AL joint secretaries Jahangir Kabir Nanak and Abdur Rahman, organising secretary Abu Sayeed Al Mahmud Swapan, Bogra district Awami League president Momtazuddin, Abdul Mannan, MP, Habibur Rahman, MP, and Shahiduzzaman Sarkar, MP, among others, also spoke at the meeting.
The prime minister said the people got independence and the country witnessed economic development as the Awami League was voted to power. People have got economic solvency and they are getting education and medical facilities as the Awami League is in power, she said. ‘I have nothing to lose as I lost my father, mother and brothers. I am working only for you by sacrificing everything and find love and affection among you. So it's my appeal to everybody to give us a scope in future to serve you again and continue the trend of development,’ she said.
The Awami League president said the people get something when the 'boat' meaning Awami League comes to power. But when the 'paddy of sheaf' meaning BNP assumes power, the country witnesses food crisis and deficit as well as plundering, corruption, terrorism and militancy, she said. Illustrating her government's various steps for development, the prime minister said her government has embarked on a mega plan to set up 100 economic zones across the country for industrialization and for generating massive employment in the country.
Sheikh Hasina said the government has slashed down poverty rate to 22 per cent from 47 per cent. ‘Our target is to cut the rate to 15 per cent. We want not a single person to remain poor and homeless, and for that we hope you would cast vote for Awami League again,’ she said.