Prime minister Sheikh Hasina said on Friday that the next general elections would be held towards the end of this year as per the constitution and hoped that all registered parties would participate in the polls.
‘Election time government will be formed in line with the constitution and that government would provide all-out assistance to Election Commission to conduct the election,’ Sheikh Hasina said in her televised address to the nation.
‘The eleventh general elections would be held towards the end of 2018 as per the constitution. Our constitution clearly says how the election is to be held,’ Hasina said in her address marking the fourth anniversary of the second consecutive tenure of her government.
The Awami League-led government took office on January 12, 2014, through the 10th general elections boycotted by all major opposition parties and about a half of the lawmakers were elected unopposed.
‘I hope all parties registered with Election Commission will take part in the next general elections and help the continuation of democratic processes,’ Hasina said in her 26-minute address.
Election Commission earned confidence of people by conduction free and fair election to two city corporations and others local government elections, Hasina claimed.
‘Some quarters may try to create anarchy over the next general election,’ Hasina said, asking people to remain alert.
‘People of the country will not accept any damage to life and property in the name movement boycotting the election,’ she reiterated.
Hasina, also ruling Awami League president, made the comments when opposition alliance, led by Bangladesh Nationalist Party, is on movement for a neutral election-time government.
The prime minister in her address described success of her government since 2009.
‘Over 10 lakh Rohingya refugees have come to Bangladesh from Myanmar amid repression and torture,’ Hasina said, adding, ‘we have given shelter to them on humanitarian grounds.
Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha adds that Hasina said that the incumbent
government would go ahead evaluating its success and failure of the past.
‘We do not want to cling to the past, but will not forgo it either. We will move forward by evaluating the successes and failures of the past and correcting the mistakes and faults,’ she said.
The premier said the country now was on the highway of development and there was no scope for looking backward.
Hasina urged the people to make the right decision keeping in mind what the country’s position was ten years ago.
In her address, the premier sought national unity for a brighter Bangladesh, saying, ‘Let all irrespective of party and opinions join hands to build a developed, happy and prosperous Bangladesh together for the future generation.’
Hasina reiterated her determination to build Bangladesh as a middle income country by 2021 and a developed and prosperous one by 2041.
‘We are not sitting idle with only our goal. We have formulated necessary plan and is implementing them to achieve the cherished goal,’ she said.
The premier said 47 years elapsed since the independence and now ‘we want to live as a dignified nation holding our head high in the world community’.
‘If it is your expectation, we will always remain beside you,’ she said.
She said father of the nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman liberated the country to free people from hunger and poverty and ‘my determination is to implement Bangabandhu’s aspiration’.
The premier said a plot debarred Awami League’s return to power in 2001 but after that election people saw a reign of political rouges indulging in unbridled corruption, plunder of public money, emergence of extremism and indiscriminate political killings.
Hasina said for seven years Bangladesh suffered as BNP and their cohorts were in power while after assuming office with people’s mandate in 2009, her government continued to make sincere efforts for overall national development.
She, however, said since the assassination of Bangabandhu in 1975, Bangladesh was virtually deprived of development for 28 years as the subsequent rulers did nothing for public welfare other than making their own fortune.
‘Now all development plans in the country are being implemented for achieving specific goals,’ the premier said.
She said BNP-Jamaat alliance created an unprecedented political anarchy in 2013-2015 killing some 500 people, wounding several thousand, burning down 3,500 transports, 29 railway bogies and nine lunches and 76 government offices.
‘Even they set mosques ablaze and burnt hundreds of copies of the Quran. Even roadside trees and domestic animals did not escape their wrath,’ she said.
The premier claimed her party’s 2014 election victory helped Bangladesh be on the track of development for nine consecutive years while its economy grew in full swing defying the global recession.
She said compared with GDP size of about Tk 4.84 crore during the BNP regime in 2006, the figure now stood at over 19.75 crore as the growth rate was to 7.2 per cent from 5.2 at that time.
The government, she said, undertook a plan to set up 100 special economic zones in the country to create employment opportunities and added that none would remain jobless or starve once the economic zones were established.
The premier simultaneously highlighted the government’s success in combating extremism and appreciated the performance of the law enforcing agencies in maintaining order.
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