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S M Mizanur Rahman
The majority people want peace and stability so that country’s progress and development works can go smoothly.
Talking to Bangladesh Post about the next general election, a cross section of people said that the pace of the country’s development should go unhindered, and a sustainable peace is their ultimate priority.
Most of the people without hesitation support the ongoing development measures taken by the government of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, while some of them also gave opinion that development and democracy should go side by side.
By talking to some people it has been understood that it does not matter whatever development projects are, they want their rights to do whatever they please.
A big section of people have expressed their hope that the pro-liberation forces led by AL will form the next government by achieving landslide victory in December 30 general elections.
Apart from the common people, civil society members, university teachers, political analysts and free thinkers now think if BNP-led Jatiya Oikyafront comes to power, the party will be desperate to take revenge on its opposition political parties instead of doing good to the people.
“People usually love peace and prosperity. And Sheikh Hasina’s government has established these two important things. Besides, country’s remote villages are being developed one after another through providing all facilities. So, if we want continuation of the ongoing development works, we must choose Awami League again. And I hope people will franchise their voting rights in favour of pro-liberation forces,” Mohammad Abdul Hye, an autorickshaw driver, told Bangladesh Post on Saturday.
When asked about what if BNP comes to power, he said the country will be pushed into a horror-like situation like that of their previous tenures.
“In this regard, I can recall the horror-like situation that developed in my upazila, Kalia in Narail, after the October 10 general election in 2001,” Hye said adding “Leaders and activists BNP and Jamaat carried out terror attacks on the people. They also burnt down many houses, looted goods and crops. People from minority community were the worst victims.”
“These BNP-Jamaat men carried out untold torture on people who are in support of liberation, making many people lame and handicapped in the area. Like me many people witnessed such barbaric attacks,” Abdul Hye hailing from Narail continued.
When contacted, Shahidul Islam, an employee of a multinational company, living in Khulna, said as Sheikh Hasina is the daughter of the Father of the Nation, country and its people feel safe and secure in her hand.
“On the other hand, country’s peace loving people and pro-liberation forces want to get rid of the curse of frequent terror acts patronised by BNP and Jamaat. We are fine now. We will be happy if Awami League comes to power again,” he said.
They also said during the rule of BNP-Jamaat alliance government, many barbaric attacks in the country’s history were carried out in line with the anti-liberation forces’ deep-rooted conspiracy to eliminate the leadership of AL, the largest political party which brought independence to the nation under the great leadership of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.
Besides, between 2009 and 2015, BNP and its coalition partner Jamaat-e-Islami unleashed a reign of terror through petrol bomb and arson attacks across the country burning to death many innocent people, they added.