Prime Minister and Awami League (AL) President Sheikh Hasina today asked the leaders and activists of her party to be united and stay alert to ensure the environment of exercising people's voting right in the upcoming election, as BNP-Jamaat is there to foil the election.
"Every leader and worker of AL have to be united, and the people's right to vote, which we have earned through struggles, have to be ensured. In order for that right to be guaranteed, the environment must be maintained so that people can cast their votes peacefully," she said.
The premier issued this directive while delivering her address as the chair at a commemorative discussion meeting organised by the AL marking the Jail Killing Day at Bangabandhu International Conference Centre (BICC) here in the capital.
Mentioning that their (BNP-Jamaat) conspiracy is to thwart the election, she said "many hands are behind there to foil the election and they will try in
many ways." "But, our strength is the people, people of Bangladesh," she added. Sheikh Hasina firmly said that Bangladesh will move ahead with the ideology
of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and the four national leaders, adding that "the few miscreants can't be successful to foil the election."
"None would be allowed to play ducks and drakes with the fate of the people of the country," she said.
AL General Secretary and Road Transport and Bridges Minister Obaidul Quader, Presidium members valiant freedom fighter Shajahan Khan, valiant freedom
fighter Mofazzal Hossain Chowdhury Maya, Bir Bikram and Simin Hossain Rimi, organising secretary Mirza Azam, central working committee member Dr Mushfik
Hossain Chowdhury, Syeda Zakia Nur Lipi, Dhaka South City President Abu Ahmed Mannafi and Dhaka North City President Sheikh Bazlur Rahman, also spoke.
AL publicity and publication secretary Abdus Sobhan Golap and his deputy Syed Abdul Awal Shameem moderated the discussion.
At the outset, one minute silence was observed to pay tribute to the national leaders brutally killed on this day.
On November 3 in 1975, four national leaders and heroes of the country's Liberation War -- Syed Nazrul Islam, Tajuddin Ahmad, Captain Mansur Ali and AHM Quamruzzaman-- were assassinated inside the Dhaka Central Jail.
The four leaders played a key role in forming the Mujibnagar government in exile, that led the Liberation War in 1971, with Syed Nazrul Islam as the
acting president, Tajuddin Ahmad as the prime minister, Mansur Ali as the finance minister and AHM Qamruzzaman as the home, relief and rehabilitation minister.
The Prime Minister expressed her skepticism whether BNP will participate in the upcoming national election as they have the doubt of getting seat after winning election.
She said, "If they (BNP) come to election, actually they will participate in it only for nomination business." In this case, the AL chief told her party leaders and activists that
"Nomination, we will give it. Because, I don't sit idle as I will assess (the nomination seekers) every six months."
She directed her party men to remove the thinking from their head that "now they (BNP) are not there, we will win or what will happen if we don't get a seat? We will get the rest of the seats and form the government".
"This thought will bring disaster," she said, adding, "So, the decision that will be given (by us) have to be abide by."
Sheikh Hasina also urged her party leaders and activists to create resistance against the arsonists in every area in an organized manner, taking the people
on their side.
"Now, you will have to build resistance against these arsonists in every area, not only in Dhaka city," she said.
In addition, the premier asked her party men to give the protection of the public lives and property by finding out and handing over the culprits behind
arson violence (to the law enforcers).