Sylhet: Awami League President and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday said vote is the constitu-tional rights of the people, adding that no one has the rights to resist them from casting votes.
“Vote is the people’s constitutional rights, and people will cast their votes. None has rights to dissuade people from casting votes and kill them,” she said while talking to reporters after offering Ziarat at Haz-rat Shahjalal (RA) mazar here.
The prime minister said BNP-Jamaat alliance unleashed the reign of terrorism to foil national election slated for January 7 next, adding, none will accept any sort of militant and terrorist activities in Bangla-desh.
She said, “If anyone does this, one day the people of the country will throw them out. That is the reali-ty.”
The ruling party chief also cautioned against the persons who are behind the recent arson attacks in rail-ways, saying that no mercy will be showed to them involved in arson attacks and killing people.
“We must take stern actions against them,” Sheikh Hasina said.
Although BNP-Jamaat clique wanted to foil the election and to discourage people from casting votes in the next elections, she said, “But people are in favor of election and votes”.
Observing that people aren’t responding towards the strike of BNP, she said what will they gain through this destructive activities, rather mass people will hate them ultimately.
The premier said whenever Awami League comes to the government it brings welfare for the people, and added the Awami League government is fulfilling the basic needs of the people one by one.
“If people cast their votes for ‘Boat’ (AL symbol) on January 7 election and if we can form the govern-ment again, the remaining needs of the people will also be fulfilled InshaAllah,” she vowed.
She went on saying, “We will make the whole Bangladesh developed and prosperous. And no people will be address-less, homeless and landless.”
She continued that their aim is to bring smile on the faces of the poor people and make the country de-veloped and prosperous as dreamt by the Father of the Nation.
The head of the government said that Bangladesh has already attained the status of developing nation.
“I know that if our government comes to power again, it will be effective,” she said.
About polls boycott of BNP, the AL president said that if anyone doesn’t want to participate in the elec-tion, that is fine, “but, why will the people be killed through arson attacks”.
She said that uprooting rail line fishplates and setting fire to rail compartments are totally terrorist and militant activities as government properties are the properties of the mass people.
“And BNP-Jamaat alliance are doing that terrorist and militant activities,” she said, mentioning that it is the character of BNP to burn people alive.
“What type of anti-government movement is that?” she questioned.
Sheikh Hasina heavily came down on BNP-Jamaat alliance over tragic death of a child and her mother who tried to save her baby from the fire in the train.
In her emotional choked voice, she said, “Nothing can be as painful as this scene. How can a human be-ing do this?”
She also questioned what type of politics is this which leads to attack on mass people, police and journal-ists.