People to retain AL in power against militancy: Hasina

People to retain AL in power against militancy: Hasina

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Dhaka–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. –
Adapted from UNB

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