Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina Saturday thanked opposition leader Khaleda Zia for her decision to take part in the four upcoming city corporation polls.
She expressed her optimism about BNP’s participation in the next parliamentary elections too.
Addressing leaders of Awami League’s Faridpur unit at Ganobhaban, the party president once again rejected the possibility of restoration of the caretaker government demanded by the BNP.
She said the next general elections in the country would be held in the ways similar to those in the other countries of the world having parliamentary democracy.
The national election will be held as per the constitutional provisions. Nobody will be allowed to play with the country’s democratic process, she cautioned.
The AL chief said democracy is mandatory for the sake of country’s development and to continue the democratic process, free and fair election is a must.
“The government wants to secure people’s voting right to strengthen the country’s democracy. People will vote for the candidates of their choice,” the PM said adding: “if people cast vote in our favour we will stay in power otherwise we have to quit. It is crystal clear.”
About the election commission Sheikh Hasina said the present EC was formed after consultations with all political parties by the then president Zillur Rahman.
The present EC is financially independent, claimed the premier adding that as the Awami League has faith in people, the government didn’t interfere in reorganising it.
“During the election period, the law enforcing agencies and public administration will work under the command of the EC.”
Hasina claimed that more than 5,000 elections, including by-polls and mayoral elections, were held during the tenure of the incumbent government and even the BNP could not blame the government for any irregularities in those elections..
“Upcoming national polls will be held in the same manner,” Hasina assured.
Addressing the party men, the AL president narrated the development activities of the government during its tenure saying that if present pace of the development continues, Bangladesh would be a poverty and exploitation free nation by 2021.
She blamed the BNP for obstructing the government’s development activities in the name of political movements.
Hasina asked her party leaders and activists to highlight the government’s development among the people and strengthen the organisational base at root-level targeting the national polls.
At the meeting Faridpur district AL President Jainul Abadin spoke, while district AL Senior Joint General Secretary Syed Masud Hossain placed the organisational report.
Party leaders Syeda Sajeda Chowdhury, Sheikh Fazlul Karim Selim, Dr Alauddin Ahmed, Engineer Khandoker Mosharraf Hossain, Mahabub-Ul-Alam Hanif, Abdur Rahman, among others, were present.
The grassroots level leaders of Faridpur blamed Labour Minister Khandaker Mosharraf Hossain for the infighting in the district unit of the party.
Meeting sources said the Faridpur leaders – without mentioning the name of Mosharraf who is also a brother-in-law of Sheikh Hasina – said the minister from the district had no communication with them.
While placing the organisational report, district AL Senior Joint General Secretary Syed Masud Hossain blamed the minister for his anti-organisational activities.
Addressing the programme, Kotwali unit AL leader Amitav Bose also criticised Mosharraf for “illegally” expelling him from the party.
In response to this allegation, Hasina said none could expel anybody without the approval of the central committee. She declared Amitav’s expulsion illegal.
The grassroots leaders also criticised local AL lawmaker Abdur Rahman for his activities and ignoring the local leaders.
Sources said Hasina asked the district leaders to complete conferences in every upazila within a month.