July 20, 2024

Cox’s Bazar Correspondent: Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina today reiterated her call to the countrymen to vote for boat, saying that the next national election would be held in the first week of January 2024.

“After 2023, in the first week of January 2024, the next national election would be held. In this election, I seek your (countrymen) vote for our electoral symbol boat,” The Premier said addressing a grand public rally here at the Sheikh Kamal International Cricket Stadium, organised by the Cox’s Bazar District Awami League.

Seeking ballots for the boat, she urged the crowd to make a commitment by raising their hands that they would give the mandate for the boat.

“Will you (the crowd) vote for the boat? Make a promise to vote for the boat by raising your hands,” she added.

Sheikh Hasina, also the President of the ruling Awami League, said that you people have given your vote for the boat and the present government has carried out development not only in Cox’s Bazar, but also across the country.

She said that desired development of the country has been possible as the Awami League government is in power for three consecutive terms and Bangladesh has become a developing nation.

Expressing gratitude to the countrymen, she called upon all to vote in favour of Awami League again.

With Cox’s Bazar District AL President (Acting) Advocate Faridul Islam Chowdhury in the chair, AL General Secretary and Road Transport and Bridges Minister Obaidul Quader, MP, Information and Broadcasting Minister Dr Hasan Mahmud, MP and AL central leaders also spoke on the occasion.

At the outset of the rally, the Prime Minister inaugurated 29 development projects and laid the foundation stones of four schemes involving Taka 1963.86 crore.

Mentioning various schemes taken by the incumbent government to minimize the struggle of the lower-middle class and lower-income group of people, the Prime Minister said as long as she is in power it is her responsibility to look after the countrymen.

“As the daughter of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, it is my duty to look after your welfare as long as I am in the power,” she said.

Talking about the Jamaat-BNP clique, she questioned what this nexus gives to the people of this country.

“Arson terrorism, killing, murder, looting, money laundering, smuggling country’s money to abroad, and smuggling are the things what they can do,” she said.

She also mentioned that Khaleda Zia embezzled money from the orphanage and for that reason; she is convicted for 10 years.

“And her son Tarique Zia, you all know that he was convicted for seven years and fined Tk 20 crore for siphoning off the country’s money,” she said.

Sheikh Hasina continued that Tarique Zia was involved in 10-truck arms smuggling. “I don’t know for what purpose he would use those arms,” she raised the question.

On August 21, 2004, Khaleda Zia and Tarique Zia and their companions had hurdled grenades, which were used in wars, on an AL rally resulting in 22 AL men death, said the AL chief.

“But, I narrowly escaped the grenade attack with the grace of Almighty Allah,” she said.

She said that BNP always patronizes looters, militants and the people, who siphoned off the country’s money and killed people through arson attacks.

When the BNP-Jamaat clique was in power during 2001-2006, they carried out bomb attacks at 500 places and thus, there was no security for people’s life.

She said they set fire to buses, rails, cars, launches and everywhere, resulting in burn injury of 30,000 people and the death of over 500 people alongside the burning of over 3,500 vehicles.

“Can a human being kill another human being putting in the fire? . . . this BNP, Tarique Zia and Khaleda Zia’s movement means killing people through arson attacks,” she said, adding that “They do not know anything without destruction.”

The Prime Minister said after the 1975 carnage, the governments of Zia, Ershad and Khaleda Zia during their 21 years of the regime didn’t give anything to the people instead of looting the properties of the people.

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