12:00 AM, December 25, 2018 / LAST MODIFIED: 02:43 AM, December 25, 2018

Dec 30 polls crucial for development

Says Hasina at AL campaign rally in Kamrangirchar

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday said the December 30 general election is very important to keep Bangladesh on the higher trajectory of development.

“Bangladesh is now on the higher trajectory of development ... the next election is very important to continue this trend of development,” she said.

Addressing an election rally at Kamrangirchar Hospital ground, she said the AL government had been able to change people's fate as it was in power for two consecutive terms. “The living standard of the people has changed and it's changing.”

The PM said her politics was not to build her own fate, but to build the fate of the people.

She mentioned that if the AL formed the government through the next election, there would be no poor in the country. “Each and every person will be able to lead a beautiful life as we've drawn up that plan.”

The AL chief briefly described various development projects taken by her government in the capital and said the government would construct 10,000 flats for those who were living in shanties to ensure a better life for them.

“They can pay the rent on daily and weekly basis.... Not only the rich, but also the poor people can live in flats. The government will construct flats for them, too.”

Hasina said the government would construct elevated ring roads around the capital for speedy movement of vehicles. The five rivers around the city would be dredged to increase their navigability, she added.

Regarding the canal in Kamrangirchar which fell prey to land grabbers, the PM directed the Dhaka South City Corporation mayor, who was present at the rally, to take up a project to recover the water body, ensure sufficient water flow in it and improve the beautification of the canal through constructing walkways on its both sides.

She mentioned that the government was constructing elevated expressways, metro rails and flyovers to ease traffic congestion in the capital. “We're drawing up various plans for the future. We'll construct underground railways in Dhaka and a feasibility study in this regard has already started.”

About Dhaka Medical College Hospital, she said a new design for it has been chosen. “If we can come to power again, we'll reshape the Dhaka Medical College Hospital in a new way... we'll construct an ultramodern medical college and hospital.”

Later, the AL president introduced some candidates of her party and the grand alliance and requested voters to vote for them.

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