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Hasina hopes to return to parliament again

Barishal Times
5:13 pm, October 30, 2018

Prime minister Sheikh Hasina expressed her hopes to return to parliament as its leader again during her nearly 50-minute valedictory speech at the last session of the current parliament on Monday.

She ended her final speech in parliament reciting a verse of poet Jibanananda Das’ famous poem ‘Abar ashibo phire’ (Will come back again).

Expressing firm optimism that the people of the country will surely give vote to her party, the PM also vowed to build a corruption-free Bangladesh if the Awami League is reelected.

“We will establish a graft-free Bangladesh, if we could come to power again,” she said while delivering her speech at the last session of the 10th national parliament.

The prime minister added, “The advancement of the country that has begun will continue and the people of the country are getting the touch of development.”

“I believe that the people of Bangladesh will certainly give vote to us,” she said.

Sheikh Hasina said her government has undertaken many mega projects to build a beautiful future for the people particularly the next generation.

“To complete the schemes, we need some time and the people of Bangladesh could give that scope and time to us. If they give vote to us to serve them, we will establish Bangladesh as a hunger and poverty-free Sonar Bangla,” she said.

The Anti-Corruption Commission, she said, is now independent and it is continuing drive against graft.

“We’ve freed the country from the hands of terrorism and militancy and the drive against drugs is continuing,” she said.

She said comfort has restored among the people and every family is now getting comfort. “Our drive against the drugs will go on,” she said.

Noting that she has nothing to get in her life, the prime minister said remaining alive is an accident for her as she had to face grenade attack and firing.

“I knew that such attacks on my life will come as my parents, brothers, even my 10-year- old brother were killed brutally and I also know that I may die at any time,” she said.

“Despite knowing, as much long I remain alive, I will engage myself in serving the people,” she added.

The prime minister said she is working hard day and night for the interest of the country and the welfare of the people. “I’m giving this labour to present a beautiful life to the people, not my own interest,” she said, adding “I will continue it as much as I remain alive.”

“So I will like to request the countrymen to give vote to us to serve again and Bangladesh will not lag behind,” she said.

She added: “Bangladesh is advancing and will go ahead at indomitable pace … none will be able to suppress the country Insha Allah.”

Putting emphasis on maintaining continuity of the government, the prime minister said Bangladesh has been graduated to developing country from the LDC Group.

“We got the recognition of a developing country following the footsteps of Bangabandhu and we’ve to keep up this success and for this continuity of the government is a must,” she said.

The prime minister said the government has taken many mega projects including Padma Bridge side by side with socioeconomic programmes. “To finish these schemes and programmes, the continuation of the government will have to be maintained,” she said.

Sheikh Hasina said her government has been able to cut poverty rate to 21 per cent. “The poverty rate in USA is 18 per cent and we want to bring down the rate from that of the USA and if we could cut the rate by 4/5 per cent, then we can declare Bangladesh as a poverty-free country,” she said.

“Insha Allah we could do it … if the people of Bangladesh give vote to us, we will free it from poverty,” she asserted.

The prime minister said if her party comes to power again, it will implement the Blue Economy.

Highlighting Bangladesh’s achievements in different sectors, the premier said these successes belong to the people of the country and it’s their.

“We’ve been able to bring success and honour with cooperation of all … we want that this honour is upheld and the people of the country will move keeping their head high,” she said.

The prime minister said: “We will have to achieve this goal as the blood of the millions of cannot go in vain and we’ll not allow it.”

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