12:00 AM, December 14, 2018 / LAST MODIFIED: 02:26 AM, December 14, 2018

Every vote matters

Hasina says on way back to capital

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday urged all to cast vote for Awami League in order to continue the development activities of her government and ensure a hunger and poverty-free Bangladesh.

“Every vote is valuable and your one will help us form the government for the continuation of the country's development,” she said at a rally at Bhanga circle in Faridpur, on her way to Dhaka from Tungipara. The rally was organised as part of the party's second day of election campaign.

“If Awami League fails to return to power, the construction work of the Padma Bridge will be suspended,” she said.

The AL president also sought vote for Kazi Zafarullah, the party nominee in Faridpur-4.

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“I'm seeking your vote... as you can understand how valuable your vote is for the continuation of development and establishment of Bangladesh as a dignified country in the world arena,” the prime minister added.

Bangladesh became independent through casting vote for “boat” and gradually a hunger and poverty-free country has been built, she said.

Referring to many development works carried out by her government, the AL president said, "We've become self-reliant in food, while the literacy rate in the country has increased... there has been a rise in power generation, too."

Addressing another rally at Mahendra Stand in Daulatdia of Rajbari, she said, “It's important for Awami League candidates to win in all the seats. Keep it in mind while casting your vote.”

“During the BNP-Jamaat rule, there was a rise in terrorism and militancy as people saw the incidents of 10-truck arms haul, August 21 grenade attack and serial bomb blast across the country. People across the country got terrified. Bangladesh also became the champion in corruption for five times.”

“After forming the government, we've taken steps so that the people can lead a happy life,” Hasina said.

She said the second Padma Bridge would be constructed on completion of the first one. “A feasibility study is underway for the second Padma Bridge. Awami League knows it very well how to take the country forward.”

Addressing a public rally at Komorpur Abdul Aziz Institution in Faridpur Sadar, Hasina said, “We don't want to go back to the dark era, we've started moving forward to the path of light and the journey will continue if you cast your vote for 'boat'.”

The AL chief also sought vote for Khandaker Mosharraf Hossain contesting from Faridpur-3.

Hasina said, “BNP-Jamaat men had looted the assets of the country and ate up the money of orphans. They had come to power to kill people and commit corruption. They can't do anything other than burning people and carrying out destruction.”

The spirit of Liberation War had diminished with the assassination of Sheikh Mujibur Rahman on August 15, 1975, she said while addressing another rally at Paturia Ferry Ghat in Manikganj.

“The BNP-Jamaat doesn't believe in Liberation War. They don't want people's welfare. Development will take place only if the Awami League is voted to power,” she said.

Earlier in the day, Hasina started her journey around 9:04am by road from Tungirpara.

On Wednesday, the AL president launched her party's election campaign for the upcoming national election by addressing a public rally at Sheikh Lutfar Rahman Government Degree College ground at Kotalipara in Gopalganj.

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