Rajbari, Dec 13 (UNB) – Awami League President and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Thursday urged all to cast vote for her party to 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 while addressing a rally at Bhanga circle in Faridpur.
The Prime Minister was on her way to Dhaka from Tungipara as part of the party’s second day of election campaign.
"If Awami League fails to return to power, the construction work on the Padma Bridge will be suspended. So, a single vote is also valuable for us," she said adding, “Cast your vote for Awami League-backed candidate KaziZafarullah, also an AL presidium member, for ensuring a hunger- and poverty-free Bangladesh.”
“I'm seeking your vote… as you can understand how valuable your vote is for the continuation of development and to establish Bangladesh in the world arena as a dignified country,” the Prime Minister added.
Through casting vote for ‘Boat’ Bangladesh became independent 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.”
In 2001, she said, the BNP-Jamaat alliance took the country to the verge of destruction while they burnt people to death in 2014-2015.
Addressing another rally at Mahendra Stand in Daulatdia of Rajbari district, she said people have to cast vote for Boat to continue the pace of development. “It’s important for Awami League candidates to win in all the seats. Keep it in mind while casting your vote.”
The Prime Minister went on to say, “During the BNP-Jamaat period, there was rise in terrorism, militancy as people saw the incidents of 10-truck arms haul, 21st August grenade attack and serial bomb blast across the country. People across the country got terrified. The country was on the verge of destruction. Bangladesh also became champion in corruption for five times,” she recalled.
“After forming the government, we’ve taken steps so that the country’s people can lead a happy life,” Hasina said.
She said the second Padma Bridge will be constructedon 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. We’ve taken this as our duty to develop the country.”
Turning to social menaces, Hasina said, “Militancy, terrorism and drugs have to be eradicated from the country. We’ll build a country which will be free from terrorism, militancy and drugs.”
Addressing a public rally at Komorpur Abdul Aziz Institution ground during the party’s second day of election campaign in Faridpur circle, 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 Awami League chief also sought vote for Engineer KhandakerMosharrafHossain from Faridpur-3 constituency.
Sheikh 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 commit corruption. They can’t do anythingother than burning people and carrying out destruction.”
Sheikh Hasina addressed another rally at Paturia Ferry Ghat in Manikganj.
Addressing the rally, Hasina said the Liberation War spirit had diminished with the assassination of Sheikh Mujibur Rahman on August 15, 1975.
“Ziaur Rahman freed those who were against the Liberation War, who opposed the independence war and also their collaborators. Besides, he awarded the killers of Bangabandhu by recruiting them to different embassies,” Hasina said.
“BNP-Jamaat did not use the country’s money for the welfare of the country’s people. Khaleda Zia’s two sons were also convicted by American Federal court for money laundering. Tarique Zia was also involved in smuggling of 10-truck arms and ammunition. They also ate up the money of orphans, that’s why they have been punished.”
“BNP-Jamaat doesn’t believe in the Liberation War. They don’t want welfare of people. Development will take place only if AL is voted to power,” she said.
Addressing another rally in Manikganj bus stand area, Hasina sought vote for Boat saying that her party worked for building people’s fate.
“AL means development. Boat means development, development of people’s. You’ll have to vote for Awami League so that killers, war criminals anti-liberation forces can’t come to power again,” she said.
Hasina will address more rallies in Dhamrai and Savar bus stand on her way back to the capital.
Earlier in the day, Sheikh Hasina started her journey around 9:04 am by road from Tungirpara.
Before starting her journey, she recited from the holy Quran and offered munajat at the grave of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh MujiburRahman.
On Wednesday, the Awami League President launched her party’s election campaign through seeking vote for ‘Boat’ in the upcoming national election while addressing a public rally at Sheikh LutfarRahman Government Degree College ground at Kotalipara in Gopalganj.
Bangladesh is going to polls on December 30 next with the participation of all the major political parties, including Khaleda Zia’s BNP that boycotted the last general election held on January 5, 2014.
Dhaka, Dec 13 (UNB) – Prime Minister's ICT Adviser Sajeeb Wazed Joy has said the ruling Awami League will win 168 to 220 seats on its own in the next parliamentary elections billed for December 30.
Joy, son of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, on Wednesday posted the party’s election outlook on his Facebook page citing an opinion poll conducted from August to October by the Research and Development Centre.
The margin of Awami League's victory will be even greater than the 2008 election, he said.
Joy also said the recently conducted survey was the largest opinion poll ever undertaken in Bangladesh. They also conducted surveys for the mayoral elections for the major cities earlier this year.
“.....I had posted the results on this page prior to the vote and our results were the most accurate,” he wrote.
For this poll, over 51,000 registered voters in 51 constituencies minimum 1000 per constituency, were interviewed. The 51 constituencies were selected from a mathematical analysis of all the national election results from 1991 to 2008.
“We couldn't conduct poll for candidates as this was prior to nominations. However, on a party basis, the Awami League leads in all 51, with the smallest lead 12.2 percent in Joypurhat-1 and the largest 75 percent in Barishal-4. The smallest undecided vote is 2.5 percent in Tangail-3 where the AL lead is 41.5percent and the largest is 19.8 percent in Shatkhira-3 where the AL lead is 64.7 percent, far above the undecided vote.”
The average AL vote is 66 percent to BNP's 19.9 percent, with an average 8.6 percent undecided ones, he said citing the survey.
The AL margin is again far above the undecided vote, he wrote.
“More importantly, there are no constituencies where the BNP is within a 10 percent margin of the AL and only 2 where they are within 20 percent.”
Dhaka, Dec 12 (UNB) – BNP on Wednesday demanded immediate army deployment to prevent pre-election violence and ensure proper election atmosphere across the country.
“Being alienated from people for their misrule, the ruling party cadres are carrying out violence all over the country in a planned way. The fascist regime has got desperate to hold a voter-less election,” said BNP senior joint secretary general Ruhul Kabir Rizvi.
Speaking at a press conference at BNP’s Nayapaltan central office, he further said, “Awami League and the law enforcers have got desperate to keep people away from the election. There’s no alternative to immediate army deployment the way the level of violence is heightening.”
Rizvi claimed that their party candidates and their supporters came under attack by Awami League men in 18 districts on Wednesday, apart from the attack on the motorcade of their party secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir in Thakurgaon.
Besides, he alleged that the ruling party followers attacked the houses of their leaders and activists at different parts of the country. “The Awami cadres also attacked the election campaigns of our candidates at many places today (Wednesday) as well.”
The BNP leader said Awami League is attacking their followers and repressing them to force BNP to quit the election race. “An appalling situation has been prevailing in the country while the opposition leaders and activists are being attacked or arrested.”
He said people are witnessing a ‘bizarre’ election as ruling party leaders are carrying out electioneering with police protocol while opposition activists are being arrested even from their houses and party offices.
Dhaka, Dec 12 (UNB) - Awami League on Wednesday claimed that the attack on the motorcade of BNP Secretary General Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir in Thakurgaon was the outcome of the party’s ‘nomination trade’.
"The attack was the outcome of the election business that took place at BNP's Nayapaltan and Gulshan offices. Their party men engaged in infighting there (Thakurgaon). There was no one from Awami League (in the attack)," Co-chairman of AL National Election Conducting Committee HT Imam told reporters after lodging a slew of complaints with the Election Commission.
He said Fakhrul went to Thakurgaon without informing the police anything.
An AL delegation, led by HT Imam, placed the complaints before Chief Election Commissioner KM Nurul Huda over the incidents of election violence and four local election monitoring organisations out of 118 registered ones.
HT Imam said certain newspapers made the attack on Fakhrul’s convoy ‘the headline’ on Wednesday without cross-checking the facts. "Such a big news item should be carried out after checking the facts which is now very easy because such news instigates others."
Mentioning that different types of terrorist incidents might happen ahead of the election, he urged the media to run news after cross-checking the facts so that peace and order is not hampered.
HT Imam, also political adviser to the Prime Minister, said they were getting the news of violence from different places of the country and attacks were largely being carried out on the AL men.
"Our two activists were killed in the meantime. Such activists are playing a crucial role in the electoral process. So, carrying out attacks targeting them is not acceptable," he said.
On Tuesday, two Awami League activists were killed in Noakhali and Faridpur in attacks allegedly carried out by BNP men.
Replying to a query over the EC role in preventing election violence, HT Imam said the Election Commission is neutral enough to this end.
He also alleged that BNP supporters unleashed attacks on AL men and vandalised their houses in Patuakhali, Fulpur in Mymensingh, Chuadanga, Manikganj, Gagni in Meherpur, Shahajadpur in Pabna and Narsingdi.
Apprising the Commission of the incidents, the AL delegation urged the Chief Election Commissioner to give directives to law enforcement agencies to identify those responsible for the incidents and take action against them.
Narrating the killing of the AL man in Noakhali, HT Imam said first pepper powder was sprayed on the eyes of the AL activist, then his head was smashed with bricks and finally he was shot to death. "What type of culture is this? We've seen this in 2013 and 2014. Pakistan occupation forces committed such activities during the Liberation War. We can in no way tolerate such things in today's independent Bangladesh."
"We've told the Commission that the law enforcement agencies are now under your jurisdiction. So, use them so that such incident doesn’t occur further," he said.
The EC assured them of taking measures in this regard and issuing directives to the authorities concerned to remain alert about the election violence, Co-chairman of AL National Election Conducting Committee said.
He said they lodged objection about the engagement of four election monitoring organisations -- Democracy Watch, Khan Foundation, Light House Bangladesh located in Bogura and Bangladesh Manobadhikar Somonnoy Parishad – in election monitoring as those are very partisan which may influence the upcoming the election.
Democracy Watch is run by Taleya Rehman and Shafik Rehman who are writing in favour of BNP and it influenced elections in many ways in the past, HT Imam alleged.
Khan Foundation is registered against the name of BNP leader Abdul Moyeen Khan's wife while BNP leader Tarique Rahman is the founder of the Light House and he runs it, the AL leader alleged.
Bangladesh Manobadhikar Somonnoy Parishad is owned by Adilur Rahman Khan who ran Odhikar in the past, he said.
Sylhet, Dec 12 (UNB) – Jatiya Oikyafront, a major opposition alliance led by Dr Kamal Hossain, formally flagged off its election campaign here on Wednesday through offering fateha at the shrine of Hazrat Shahjalal (R).
Dr Kamal together with Jatiya Samajtantrik Dal (JDS-Rob) president ASM Abdur Rob, Krishak Sramik Janata League president Abdul Quader Siddiqui, BNP standing committee member Nazrul Islam Khan and other senior leaders of the Oikyafront visited the shrine around 4:45 pm and offered fateha there.
Later, they offered fateha and at the shrine of Shah Paran ® and conducted electioneering in the city in favour of ‘Sheaf of Paddy’.
Talking to reporters after offering fateha at the shrine of Hazrat Shahjalal (R), Dr Kamal said the country’s people will not get back their ownership of the country if the election is not held in a credible manner.
“Independence becomes meaningless if people lose their ownership of the country. Ensuring fair election is one of the goals of the independence,“ he observed.
Dr Kamal criticised the government for what he said continued arrest of the leaders and activists of Oikyafront. “It’s not a sign of a fair election at all.”
He, however, said they will be there in the election race till the last and force the government to hold a fair election together with people.
The Oikyafront chief urged people to go to the polling stations to cast their votes on December 30. “You’ll have to guard voting centres to prevent irregularities and manipulation.”
Several thousand leaders and activists of BNP and its alliance partners thronged the shrine of Hazrat Shahjalal (R) and its adjoining areas by 1pm.
However, Dr Kamal and the Oikyafront leaders arrived at Sylhet Osmani International Airport around 4:10 pm from Dhaka.
Meanwhile, police did not allow the Oikyafront leaders to use loudspeakers on the shrine premise as the alliance leaders did not take prior permission to do that.
The law enforcers also seized the chairs and tables brought by the alliance leaders to the shrine premises on the same ground.