Elected uncontested, first Mymensingh City Corporation Mayor Ekramul Haque Titu takes oath, alongside 44 councillors
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has urged public representatives to work for the welfare of the people, saying that victory in elections is not enough and they must win the hearts of the people.
The prime minister made the statement at the oath-taking ceremony of newly- elected mayor and councillors of Mymensingh City Corporation (MCC) at her office in Dhaka on Sunday morning, reports BSS.
“You’ll have to work for the welfare of the people irrespective of party affiliations, and uphold the trust and confidence that the people have put on you,” said Hasina.
The prime minister said public representatives will have to work for the development of their respective areas to earn approval of the people.
In this regard, she reminded them about their responsibilities, saying that politics for personal interest never sustains and cannot bring any benefit to the people.
Referring to the steps taken by her government for decentralization and strengthening of local government bodies, the prime minister said new divisions and city corporations have been created in the country to attain the goal.
Annual Development Program
Sheikh Hasina said her government has earmarked Tk1 lakh 73 thousand crore on Annual Development Program (ADP) this year, and the public representatives will have to appropriately spend the hard-earned money of the people.
About the national budget, which will be placed on June 13, the prime minister said a budget of over Tk5 lakh crore is being prepared, of which Tk2 lakh crore will be spent on implementing the ADP.
She called upon the public representatives to oversee the development programs being implemented in their localities to ensure proper use of public money.
Sheikh Hasina said her government wants to ensure that Bangladesh as an independent country can advance in the world stage with its independent existence.
Pointing out her government’s massive uplift efforts, she said all measures have been taken to develop the country from the very grassroots level.
“We’re working not only to develop the urban areas, we’re also working to develop the rural areas,” she said.
Earlier, the premier administered the oath of office to MCC Mayor Ekramul Haque Titu, while 44 councillors — 33 men and 11 women — took oath from Local Government Minister Md Tazul Islam.
Local Government Division Senior Secretary SM Golam Faruk conducted the oath-taking ceremony, while Road Transport and Bridges Minister Obaidul Quader was also present.
Agriculture Minister Abdur Razzaque, Deputy Opposition Leader in Parliament Rowshan Ershad, and Prime Minister’s Adviser Tawfiq-e-Elahi Chowdhury also attended the function, among others.
The first-ever election to the MCC was held on May 5 in a festive mood.
Awami League’s Ekramul Haque Titu was elected uncontested as there was no rival candidate, following the withdrawal of Jatiya Party contender, Jahangir Ahmed.
Some 242 candidates ran for general councillor posts in 33 wards, while 70 female candidates vied for 11 reserved women councillor posts in the polls.
The government upgraded Mymensingh to Bangladesh’s 12th city corporation on Oct 15 last year.