Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Saturday said the country’s democracy would have snatched away if the parliamentary election was not opened for all.
“Not only the election would have been discoloured with stigma, but also the country’s democracy would have been hijacked, if the election was not opened for all,” she said in her introductory speech at the extended meeting of Awami League(AL) at her official residence Ganabhaban.
Sheikh Hasina, also the President of ruling (AL), also mentioned that if the election was not opened for her party men then Bangladesh's status as a developing country would have been destroyed.
She added that “don't say that we forget the election manifesto which we have placed before the election to retain this achievement,” mentioning that every year during the budget formulation they used to follow the election manifesto.
She continued to say her party has again opened upazila elections, which is approaching, for all her party men.
The Premier said, “it will also be scrutinised how much work has been done for the common people in the last 15 years remaining in power, and who could not do that. Through it (scrutiny) we will judge who is more acceptable to the people.”
She issued warning against any sort of confrontation in the upcoming local government elections. She said, adding
“We don’t want any kind of confrontation. Stern actions will be taken against the persons, whoever he or she is responsible for their involvement."