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Hili labourers to vote for someone who works for them

  • Published at 08:12 pm December 27th, 2018
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Labourers at Hili land port in Dinajpur are looking to vote in a representative who will work to ensure fair wages for them. The photo was taken on Thursday, December 27, 2018 Dhaka Tribune

They want to elect someone who will make sure they get fair wages

Hili Land Port labourers said they will vote for someone who will work to realize their demands.

There are around 3,000-4,000 labourers working at the second largest land port of the country.

The land port workers said their vote will go to one who will ensure them fair living wages to support two meals a day.

The Dinajpur 6 constituency is comprised of Hakimpur, Birampur, Nawabganj and Ghoraghat upazilas.

The candidates of the constituency are busy campaigning as election day draws closer.

Awami League candidate and current MP, Shibli Sadique, has been campaigning and going to voters in person and urging them to vote for him.

However, Jatiya Oikya Front candidate and Jamaat leader, Anwarul Islam, was not seen campaigning openly on the streets.

Whereas, Islami Andolan Bangladesh’s  Dr Noor Alam Siddique, and National People’s Party candidate Shahida Khatun, are regularly campaigning in the region.

Each of the candidates are making different pledges to voters and all of them are hopeful about winning the 11th general elections due on Sunday.

Labourers of the land port, Sheregul Islam and Saiful Islam and others, say the candidates are promising them many things to get their votes.

“After the vote is over no one even thinks of us labourers,” they said.

The labourers want to elect someone who will make sure that labourers of the port get their fair wages and  export-imports through the port increase.

Meanwhile, some labourers of the port have vowed to vote for the current MP. They said current MP Shibli has worked for their betterment and to increase the export-import traffic of the port.

MP Shibli said: “We have to approve a master plan from the Executive Committee of the National Economic Council (Ecnec) for this port, to set up a major project. Under the project, we will widen the roads of the port as they are too narrow and create huge tailbacks. With that the port will also be upgraded with advanced technologies.

“Recently, we were allotted Tk26 crore to develop the port.”

He further said: “I will work for the betterment of the labourers of the port.”

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