Dhaka – Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Tuesday sought vote for her party’s election symbol ‘boat’ as she kicked off pre-election off pre-election campaigning for the next general election to be held by the yearend.
“Please, cast your votes for boat to ensure continuation of the country’s further development,” Hasina, also president of the ruling Awami League, said addressing a crowd in north-eastern shrine city of Sylhet.
The Prime Minister began the campaigning after offering prayers at shrines of three Muslim saints in the city. Thousands of people raised hands to support for the AL as she urged the crowd at Sylhet Alia Madrasha ground to vote for her party.
Prior to the public gathering, Hasina inaugurated a number of development projects for the northern city. She returned to Dhaka in the evening.
The Awami League aimed to keep up Bangladesh’s journey towards further prosperity and development, she said.
AL’s election symbol “boat” had brought independence and showed the path of prosperity, and now “the boat is taking ahead the country to the path of development”.
Hasina criticised the Bangladesh Nationalist Party of former prime minister Khaleda Zia saying that they assumed office to plunder public money. The BNP believes in destruction while the AL creates, she said.
Finance Minister Abul Maal Abdul Muhith, Agriculture Minister Matia Chowdhury, Education Minister Nurul Islam Nahid, Road Transport and Bridges Minister and AL General Secretary Obaidul Quader, Joint Secretaries Mahbub-ul Alam Hanif and Dr Dipu Moni, State Minister for Finance M A Mannan, among others, spoke at the rally.
Sylhet City Awami League President Badar Uddin Ahmed Kamran presided over the meeting.
The Prime Minister called upon the people to remain alert against terrorism, militancy and corruption calling them as major “social vices” on the path of development and prosperity.
“These social vices must not have any room . . . It’s our commitment to establish Sonar Bangla as dreamt by the Father of the Nation, Insha Allah (God willing),” she said.
The 11th parliamentary election is expected to be held at the end of the year, as per the constitution. Hasina’s Awami League assumed office for the send strait term in January 2014 after an election boycotted by the main opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party.