Dhaka – Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Monday urged the party leaders to work hard to achieve the victory in the u[coming general election due by December this year.
Hasina, also the chief of ruling Awami league party and assumed office for the second consecutive term in office in 2014, also called the party activists not to be complacent about coming back to power this time.
Bangladeshi election authorities have been getting prepared for the national polls in December as the tenure of the current parliament is due to expire in January 2019.
Returning from United States, Hasina, who attended the 73rd United Nations General Assembly in New York, was addressing party leaders and activists at her official Gonobhaban residence asking them to work together to help win her candidates in all constituencies.
“We should not suffer from complacency with the hiccup that Awami League will come to power again. Overconfidence may lead to a great debacle,” she said.
She also asked the party leader to remain alert against conspiracy by certain quarters.
“We have come to this stage amidst fierce fight against conspirators which is yet to be over,” added the Prime Minister.
Defeat in any single constituency may lead to a great debacle, Hasina said asking the aspirants not to spread scandal against the sitting lawmakers.
The Awami League managed a landslide victory in the previous 2014 election, which was boycotted by the major opposition alliance led by Bangladesh Nationalist Party of former prime minister Khaleda Zia, now in jail in a corruption case.
Hasina recalled that in 1991 there were conspiracies inside the party and beyond. A quarter tried to bring Awami League to power except her. To do this, many prospective candidates were dropped and wrong candidates were nominated, she said.
There was always a conspiracy so that Awami League or anybody belongs to Bangabandhu family cannot come to power in fear that people would gain strength and turn back again under the leadership, she said.
“I have come to home at a time when the killers were reigning and war criminals were ruling the country. They made attempts several times on my life, but party leaders and workers protected me,” she said.
“We came to power by overcoming all adversities for three times and efficiently running the country taking to the path of socioeconomic development,” Hasina was quoted to have said by state-run Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha news agency.
The prime minister said she firmly believe that country’s current development was the result of a well-thought-out plan of her government.
The rivals of Awami League are very strong as the post 1975 rulers have created many beneficiary groups which are active against Awami League.
Those people have no root in people but they are greedy for power, Hasina said referring to the assassination of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, the founder of Bangladesh, and his family on August 15, 1975.
“Being avarice to power they (the conspirators) have joined hands with the defeated force and killers and are hatching conspiracy against us,” she said.