Prime Minister and Awami League (AL) President Sheikh Hasina has once again sought votes for her party’s election symbol ‘boat’ to save the country and its people from the fury of the killers and war criminals.
“We want your blessings and cooperation so that the war criminals and killers can’t play ducks and drakes with the fate of Bangladeshi people after coming to power again,” she said while addressing as the chief guest a grand rally at the historical Polo Ground in Chattogram on Sunday afternoon, BSS reported.
“Before leaving, I want a promise from you that you will vote for the boat in the next election as you did in the past and give us the scope to serve you. Raise your hand and say you will vote for the boat,” she said.
The prime minister said all should be united as the Jamaat-BNP, the political parties of war criminals, killers of Father of the Nation and their patrons still do politics on the soil of Bangladesh and they may come to power again.
At the grand rally organised by the Chattogram city, north and south district units of the AL, Sheikh Hasina also inaugurated 29 development projects and laid foundation stones of six other schemes to ensure the overall development of Chattogram and described those as gifts from her government.
Hasina, who is the president of ruling Awami League, delivered her speech from a 160-foot boat-shaped stage.
After inaugurating and laying the foundation stones of the projects, she said, “All these development projects are gifts from mine,” adding that the Awami League is the only government which has carried out tremendous development of the port city.
According to UNB, the prime minister said, “They (BNP men) don’t want elections. They rather want someone to take office ousting the government and then put them in power carrying them on Palki (palakquins). They expect it.”
She said the opposition BNP has two virtues – one is rigging the vote and the other is killing the people. “They know it well that if the election is held, the people would not vote for the killers,” she said.
“They (BNP) don’t care about the people. When the Awami League comes to power, we work for the people,” she added.
Referring to the arson violence unleashed by BNP during 2013-2015, the PM said their leaders Khaleda Zia and Tarique Zia will one day have to answer to the people why they killed and burnt innocent citizens by restoring to arson violence. “The people will take account of it one day,” she said.
‘10th December is the most favourite date for BNP’
Sheikh Hasina questioned BNP’s choice of 10th December as the date for their final divisional rally.
She said the Pakistani occupation forces had started killing the intellectuals on December 10 in 1971. But unfortunately, this 10th December is the most favourite date for BNP. Since they perhaps were collaborators of the Pakistani occupation forces, they perhaps want to occupy Dhaka city on December 10 and oust the Awami League government, she added.
“They don’t want to go to power through vote. They think they would grab power as Ziaur Rahman did by killing the Father of the Nation, violating the constitution and the army rules. They don’t like democratic trends,” she said.
The PM said Bangladesh witnessed massive development and continues marching forward thanks to the continuation of the democratic process.
At the rally, the premier opened a total of 29 development projects and unveiled the foundation stones of six proposed development projects. The total cost of 35 projects is Tk 33.97 billion.