Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina today said that Awami League is the only party that believes in peaceful handover of power. "The opposition leader never believes in peaceful transition of state power. She always resorted to anarchy in the past and she still does," she said.
Hasina, also the president of the ruling Awami League, said this in her introductory speech of a views-exchange meeting with the administrators of 61 districts at her official residence Gono Bhaban Saturday.
"It is the AL which has an instance to hand over power peacefully in 2001," Hasina said. She reiterated that the next election would be held as per the constitution like in other democratic countries around the world. "We have proven that it is possible to hold a free, fair and neutral election in the country under the AL government," she said. Sheikh Hasina also mentioned that the Election Commission is working independently and enjoying their absolute freedom for holding elections. "The EC so far has conducted 5,753 elections across the country in the last four and a half years. A total of 63,953 public representatives were elected through these elections and no allegation was raised over these polls," she said.
She firmly said only AL has the courage and strength to hold a free, fair and neutral election. "Only we have that courage and power, no one else has that," she said.
The premier urged all to work unitedly to make Bangladesh a middle income country, free from hunger and poverty by 2021.
Deputy Leader of the House Syeda Sajeda Chowdhury, Agriculture Minister Matia Chowdhury, Textiles and Jute Minister Abdul Latif Siddiqui, Foreign Minister Dipu Moni, and Civil Aviation and Tourism Minister Faruk Khan were present at the meeting conducted by State Minister for LGRD and Cooperatives Jahangir Kabir Nanak.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina urged people to vote for Awami League in the next election for the continuation of the development of the country."The ongoing development of the country will suffer a setback if BNP and its allies-Jamat and Hefajat come to power," she said at a massive rally at Shaheed Monju Stadium in Narayanganj today.
Sheikh Hasina said, BNP would initiate a new styled politics of vengeance, corruption, militancy and terrorism like they did during their 2001-2006 term, if they come power again. She said, Bangladesh went behind in all economic and social index during the past tenure of BNP, and the leader of the opposition had already threatened to stop a number of our development projects. If voted to power, BNP will restart the Hawa Bhaban and start attacking political opponents and minorities, rape women and resort to arson, she warned.
Earlier, the Prime Minister inaugurated a number of development projects including the 412 MW combined cycle power plant, Muktijoddha SM Majharul Haq Auditorium and Community Centre, Narayanganj Circuit House and Jyoti Basu Smriti Pathagar and Seminar Hall, Sonargaon. She also laid the foundation stone of Bangladesh Institute of Research and Training on Applied Nutrition-BIRTAN, Primary Teachers Training Institute, Araihajar Upazila Complex Bhaban, PC Guarder Bridge on Shitalakkya River at Murapara, and on Dayakanda
Khal in Araihajar, Agricultural Training Institute, Bandar Upazila Health Complex Bhaban and Siddhirganj 335 MW combined power cycle power plant.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina urged the opposition to join the next parliament session and place their proposal on the polls-time government, if any. "We would welcome any proposal of the opposition if they place it in the upcoming session of the Jatiya Sangsad," she said.
Awami League (AL), its associate bodies and other likeminded parties observed the 9th anniversary of the heinous 21st August grenade attack on AL President Sheikh Hasina and party stalwarts. On this day in 2004, an anti-terror rally of Awami League at Bangabandhu Avenue in the capital came under a grisly grenade attack.
A grateful nation paid glowing tribute to Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman in the National Mourning Day. On the fateful night of August 15 in 1975, some disgruntled and over ambitious army officers assassinated Bangabandhu and most of his family members at his Dhanmondi, Road-32 residence in the capital. Since the mayhem, Awami League, its associate bodies and other likeminded pro-liberation parties, social, cultural and professionals' organizations have been observing the day as the National Mourning Day.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Friday called upon all pro-liberation forces to forge a greater unity across the country for building a secular Bangladesh as dreamt by Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman. 'The country now requires a greater unity among all pro-liberation forces against those who opposed the country's independence and sovereignty in 1971,' she told a party discussion meeting organized on the occasion of the National Mourning Day.
Awami League General Secretary Syed Ashraful Islam has ruled out any possibility to sit in a dialogue the main opposition BNP. Syed Ashraf, who is also the LGRD and Cooperatives Minister, said, there can be no compromise with those who celebrate fake birthday on the death anniversary of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.