Prime Minister and Awami League President Sheikh Hasina here on Sunday urged the countrymen to cast vote for her party to serve the people again, saying the people’s lot is changed when Awami League remains in power.
“I seek your vote for boat so we can serve you again,” she said while addressing a huge rally at Taragonj Degree College Ground here this afternoon arriving in Rangpur earlier this morning on a daylong visit in the third leg of her election tour.
Sheikh Hasina said her government took massive programmes for overall development of the northwestern region including greater Rangpur.
“We’ve already constructed many roads and bridges here, while works are underway to implement many schemes. So I seek your vote to complete the unfinished works,” she said.
The premier said there was a time when the northern region was described as a Monga-prone area “but those bad days have gone”
“By the grace of Allah, there is no Monga in the region . . . this has been possible as you cast vote for Awami League time and again,” she said.
Being the party chief Sheikh Hasina introduced Awami League candidate from the constituency Abul Kalam Mohammad Ahsanul Haque Chowdhury Duke and sought vote for him.
Sheikh Hasina said the country witnessed tremendous development over the past 10 years and urged the countrymen to give their verdict to keep up the development spree.
“Do you want to keep up the continuation of development in the country? If you want it then you will have to give vote to the Awami League,” she said while the mammoth crowd raised their hands in a gesture of their supports with huge applause.
Highlighting her government’s steps for the development of Bangladesh, the prime minister said the government is taking the country towards uplift and has made all arrangement for food, education, housing and healthcare for the people.
“There will not be a single person to remain homeless as we’re constructing houses for the people through Ashrayan Programme,” she said. The AL president said the government is distributing textbooks free of cost among the students from primary to the secondary levels.
“We’re giving elderly allowance, widow allowances and allowance to those abandoned by husbands so that our mothers and sisters don’t live in miseries,” she said.
The prime minister said her government is setting up fire stations in all upazilas of the country while the work of establishing a mosque-cum-Islamic cultural centre is underway in every upazila.
“We’ve made arrangement for safe drinking water for the people,” she said.
The AL chief said the government has taken steps for generating employment for the youths and made arrangement for their training. “We’ve established Kormosangsthan Bank for the youths so that they can take loan without security money,” she said.
Sheikh Hasina said the government has taken measures so that the farmers get fair price of their produces.
“The people are receiving free healthcare services as we’ve set up community health clinics for them,” she said.-BSS