Gopalganj: Awami League (AL) President and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday said the coun-trymen will give a befitting reply to local and foreign conspirators by casting votes on January 7 elec-tion.
“Various conspiracies are being hatched to foil the polls. Many are also involved internationally. They work to bring third party to power in Bangladesh—we will give befitting reply to the conspiracies through the January 7 election,” she said.
The AL president said while addressing a grand election rally at Govt Sheikh Mujibur Rahman College ground at Tungipara Saturday morning.
“What can the third party do? They can’t do any development of the country. You had seen what they did in 2007,” she said.
“We will take part in January 7 election with our party’s electoral symbol Boat. Go early to the polling centers to cast vote (for boat) to show the world that we can hold the election in free, fair and neutral manner,” she added.
Sheikh Hasina said she want the 12th parliamentary election to be held peacefully.
The AL chief thanked the Tungipara residents for taking her responsibility as she considered their sup-port as her strength.
“I am looking after 300 seats and you people are taking care of me. I want vote for me as a candidate,” she said, asking, “will you vote for me?”
The rally replied yes by shouting and waiving hands.
The prime minister along with her younger sister Sheikh Rehana reached the rally venue at 11:15 in the morning and waived the national flag to the rally which turned into a human sea.
Sheikh Hasina said the women and children are being killed in Palestine by bombing on the hospitals.
Tarique Zia has did the same thing (here in Bangladesh) to order attacks on ambulances carrying pa-tients, on duty police personnel and journalists, she said.
Referring to killing a mother and her child in burning by BNP-Jamaat men, the premier said this type of criminal act won’t be accepted in Bangladesh.
“If Allah wants and we can come to power by winning the next election, it won’t be allowed that Tarique will give order to harm and kill the people of our country, staying in London,” she said.
If necessary, he would be brought from there (to the country) and given punishment, she added.
The AL chief said they want the peace to continue and the country’s development to be strengthened while the BNP-Jamaat clique tried time and again to obstacle it.
“But, they have failed to be successful (in the name of movement). They will also be failed again as they have no public support,” she said.
The movement of the BNP-Jamaat is meant to burn people to death, damage public and private proper-ties, and launch arson attack on vehicles, she further said.
The prime minister said Bangladesh has got the status of a developing country due to the government’s efforts made in the last 15 years and is now working to transform it into a developed, prosperous and Smart Bangladesh by 2041.
“Bangladesh will start its journey as a developing nation by 2026. And only the Awami League can take the country towards prosperity,” she said.
Terming BNP as a terrorist party and the Jamaat as an organization of war criminals, Sheikh Hasina said they have no capability to take the country forward.
She continued: “They have no dutifulness and patriotism.”
They did nothing for the development and welfare of the country and its people rather they unleashed militancy, terrorism, corruption and culture of killing people, she added.
The AL president said they have made several attempts on her life that included grenade attack on the AL rally to kill her and her front raking party leaders which killed 22 leaders and workers on August 21, 2004.
“But, I am not afraid and didn’t abstain myself from working hard to ensure better and improved life of the countrymen despite repeated attempts on my life,” she said.
Sheikh Hasina said she is committed to changing the fate of the countrymen as envisioned by Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.
AL Presidium Member, Sheikh Fazlul Karim Selim, former Red Crescent Chairman, Sheikh Kabir Hossain, actor Mir Sabbir, and actress Tarin Jahan, among others, also addressed the Tungipara rally.
With Tungipara Upazila AL President Sheikh Abul Bashar Khair in the chair, its General Secretary Md Babul Sheikh conducted the rally.
Addressing another grand rally at Sheikh Lutfor Rahman College ground at Kotalipara in Gopalganj, Sheikh Hasina called upon the new voters and the youths to vote for her party’s election symbol ‘boat’ for the continuation of the country’s development.
“I call upon the new voters not only in Tungipara and Kotalipara but also across Bangladesh to cast their maiden vote for ‘boat’ to ensure continuation of the country’s development,” she said.
She said the power of young generation expedites Bangladesh’s development and progress.
Sheikh Hasina thanked the Kotalipara residents for electing her again, saying, “I am appearing before you as a candidate. Give me another chance by casting your vote for boat.”
The AL president said those who are involved in the attempt to thwart the election will definitely face the music.
Younger daughter of the Father of the Nation and Prime Minister Sheikh Rehana was present on the da-is.
The Prime Minister asked all to help capture those who are involved in foiling the election and violence and arson terrorism.
She said they had failed during the War of Liberation and Bangladesh finally achieved the victory.
“We will also achieve the economic progress as well,” she said.
Referring to election manifesto of 2008 in which AL pledged to build Digital Bangladesh, she said, “We have already transformed Bangladesh into a digital country.”
She said in accordance with the electoral pledges, the AL government has reached electricity to every house.
The Prime Minister reiterated her commitment to make Bangladesh free from poverty and said none will remain landless and home-less in the country.
She said 8.41 lakh homes were given free to the people and 33 districts have become free of homeless and landless people.
“There will remain no single person homeless and landless on the soil of the Father of the Nation,” she said.
The Prime Minister asked the countrymen to bring every inch fallow land under cultivation against the backdrop of high inflation and economic meltdown across the globe due to war.
Mentioning that her government had given Covid-19 vaccine free of cost during the pandemic, she said, “It had been possible due to having Awami League in power.”
She said her government put an end to the culture of impunity through holding the trial of the killers of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman along with his wife, three sons and two daughters-in-law on August 15 in 1975.
Kotalipara Upazila Awami League President Nogendranath Biswas presided over the rally.
AL advisory council member Kazi Akram Uddin Ahmed, Sheikh Fazlul Karim Selim, MP, Sheikh Helal Uddin, MP, Sheikh Tonmoy, MP, Sheikh Jewel’s wife Sheikh Shahana Yasmin Champa and AL joint secretary general AFM Bahauddin Nasim, among others, were present on the dais.
The AL President kicked off her party’s election campaign from Sylhet-I constituency by visiting the shrines of Hazrat Shahjalal (RA) and Hazrat Shah Paran (RA) and addressed a rally there.
Awami League sources said that the party chief is scheduled to conclude her election campaign through the rally in Narayanganj on January 4.
In another grand rally held at the Kalkini Syed Abul Hossain University College ground in Madaripur, Sheikh Hasina sought vote for her party’s election symbol, saying that only ‘Boat’ can ensure country’s development.
“I seek vote for the Boat as it can only ensure country’s development. Boat is the only tool to make de-velopment of this country,” she said.
Like the Kotalipara rally, she also sought vote for the Boat from the new voters, saying that her govern-ment has been working to build the young generation as skilled workforce with proper training of com-puter and ICT so that they can compete in the world.
The premier, along with her younger sister Sheikh Rehana, arrived in the venue ground which turned into a human sea at 3:30pm.
The AL president introduced all the three AL candidates of Madaripur to the people and sought vote for the Boat.
She asked the voters to go to the polling centres early in the morning and exercise their voting franchise spontaneously.
The AL chief alerted the people that terrorist poetical party BNP and war criminal organisation Jamaat want to thwart the next general election.
Briefly describing her government’s measures to make sure Bangladesh’s overall socio-economic devel-opment and give people a safe and secured life, she said: “Conspiracies are being hatched internationally nowadays. They want to play ducks and drakes with the fate of Bangladesh. We will not allow that to happen.”
She said the BNP and Jamaat have no right to do politics and they did nothing for the country.
Terming Ziaur Rahman, Khaleda Zia and Tarique Zia as killers, the AL president said they only knew how to kill people and destroy properties.
“They never think human as human. Are the parties of terrorists and war criminals, do BNP and Jamaat have the rights to do politics?” she questioned.
The Prime Minister recalled with due respect former local lawmaker and communication minister Syed Abul Hossain, who recently died, for his contribution to building the Padma Bridge.
She said her government built the bridge with own finance in protest against false corruption charges which was later proved as false by the Canadian Federal Court order.
Without mentioning any name, one person was behind the scene as he failed to stay as managing director of a bank, she said.
AL presidium member Shahjahan Khan, joint general secretary AFM Bahauddin Nasim and publicity and publication secretary and local lawmaker Dr Abdus Sobhan Golap also addressed the rally.
Vice-president of Kalkini Upazila Awami League Abul Kalam Azad presided over the rally.