Renewing her stance for holding the next national election as per the constitution, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Sunday expressed her firm belief that people would bring back her party to power as they are deadly against terrorism and militancy.
“If people want food and peace, if they want free distribution of textbooks, if they don’t want terrorism and militancy then, I do believe, people will vote for AL. If people voted for AL, we’ll surely retain office, but it depends on people,” she said.
Hasina, however, said if people want corruption, Hawa Bhaban, militancy and chaos, then she has nothing to say as it will depend on them.
The Prime Minister was addressing the National Grand Rally of Professionals held at the Bangabandhu International Conference Centre.
PM’s Media Adviser Iqbal Sobhan Chowdhury, Professionals Coordination Council President Justice AFM Mesbahuddin, Secretary General Dr Kamrul Hasan Khan, Dhaka University Vice Chancellor AAMS Arefin Siddique, Buet Vice Chancellor Prof SM Nazrul Islam, Professionals Coordination Council leaders from divisional level and the USA also spoke on the occasion.
The premier also renewed her vow that the next parliament election would be held as par the parliamentary system of democracy practiced in other countries of the world.
She alleged that the BNP bagged votes misguiding people through an orchestrated propaganda in five city corporation polls. “The people of those cities have already started experiencing its backlash as their workers have embarked on a race to capture everything, including footpaths.”
Claiming that the Election Commission and the Anti Corruption Commission (ACC) have been working independently, the Awami League chief said the next election would be held in a free, fair and neutral manner, and people would exercise their franchise since votes belong to them.
“We’ve done all the necessary works to maintain a democratic system in the country as we want the democratic march forward to continue in the country,” she added.
In this regard, the premier called upon the professionals of all fields, including teachers, engineers, agriculturist, physicians, journalists, lawyers, and economists, to massively project the government’s development activities before people and tell them about the importance of maintaining development so that they could live in peace.
Noting that the country had never witnessed peaceful handover of power except in her previous term, the AL president said that after assuming office this time, her government had amended the constitution through forming a committee to protect the voting rights of people.
“We’ll have to hold the election following the constitutional process, we’ll have to begin the process from a certain stage so that no one could play with the fate of the country’s people, can snatch their voting rights or could deter the pace of the country’s economic advancement,” she added.
Criticizing again the role of the anti-Rampal Coal-based power plant activists for raising their voice, the Prime Minister said that coal-based power plant is already there at Boropukuria in Dinajpur, but there is no acid rain or crop damage.
“For which motive are they raising their voice against Rampal Power Plant?” Hasina said adding that her government would not do anything harmful to the Sundarbans as the mangrove forest was declared the world heritage in her previous term.
About the opposition leader’s threat to stop the work on Rampal coal-based power plant, Hasina said, “She (Khaleda) could do such thing as she in her term drastically reduced the country’s power generation through shutting down power plants we had set up.”
The Prime Minister also informed that the government is moving ahead with the plan of generating 6,600 MW coal-fired power generation and requested the anti-Rampal activists to visit the site of Boropukuria coal-based power plant in Dinajpur.
Criticising the much-controversial ‘tetul theory’ of Hefajat-e-Islam Amir Allama Ahmed Shafi, Hasina said if the women stay indoor as per the ‘tetul theory’ then there would be no development in the country. “If BNP-Jamaat takes power, they would send women back home from their outside jobs.”
The Prime Minister said that her government is moving ahead with the plan to implement the Padma Multipurpose Bridge project with own fund saying that efforts would be there from the government in then future to accomplish all construction works of its own, including designs.
About the freedom of press, including that of private satellite channels, the Prime Minister said her government gave licenses to many TV channels but they are criticizing it irresponsibly.
She urged the mass media to be constructive in their criticisms.