Power Cell DG Mohammad Hossain is willing to contest as an Awami League candidate in the Chandpur-5 constituency. He believes that he can ensure overall development of the area and the quality of life of the common people, he told Bangladesh Post.
Mohammad Hossain is the professional leader of Institution of Engineers Bangladesh (IEB), Bangabandhu Prokowsholi Parishad, Peshajibi Somonnoy Parishad, and others. He was arrested in 1977 during the referendum in the Ziaur Rahman regime, for voting ‘no’.
He has more than seven articles and publications to his name. Notable among them are Role of Engineers in the Implementation of PSRP, ‘Kalimulipta on August 15, 1975, then the military version of democracy,’ Bangabandhu o Bangladesh, Amar Sritite Muktijuddo, Reform Program in Bangladesh-An Institutional Review etc.
Hossain is the member of the JSC for Bangladesh-India Cooperation in Power Sector, and led the JWG for Renewable Energy Cooperation between Bangladesh and India.
Below is given the excerpts of the interview.
BP: You are an engineer and playing an important role in the power sector. Why do you want to contest the upcoming national elections?
MH: I have solved many electricity-related problems in my own region of Hajiganj-Shahrasti area in Chandpur. But the scope to work for people is very limited without being an elected representative.’
‘If there is any problem in politics, it is the duty of the society to remove it. Many people asked me, you are a good person, so why do you want to join politics? Politics is not a good place,’ he added.
“It is said that we are giving walkover to bad people in politics. Politicians will run the country, so if the number of good people will increase, the quality of politics will change. That’s why I’m taking part in politics. Through this, I want to take part in the development of the country by improving the quality of politics.’
He also said ‘an elected parliament member can do many development works. I want to take part in election as an MP candidate. I always pray to Allah to let me work for improvement of the general people honestly.
BP: How hopeful are you about being elected?
MH: I joined in politics when I was a student of class ten. After that, I carried out responsibilities in different posts in Dhaka College and BUET Chhatra League. In professional life, I have served in various important posts of IEB, Bangabandhu Prokousol Parishad, Peshajibi Somonnoy Porishad and other professional organizations.’
‘I was directly involved in the development of the people of my own area through the flood rehabilitation program in 1998. Since then, I have done various types of developments in my own area. People in the area know me as having a clean image. My father was a teacher, he was also our union Awami League founder president in the period of Bangabandhu.’
‘I tried my best to solve other problems outside of electricity. That is why people in the area want me to see as their MP. If the honorable Prime Minister, Bangabandhu’s daughter, nominates me, I will win Inshallah,’he said.
BP: If elected what will be your priority?
MH: ‘My first priority will be to implement the election manifesto of Bangladesh Awami League. If I can implement it, the people of my own area will be benefited. There are some area-based developments which I will implement. Hajiganj-Shahrawasti is situated on the bank of the river Dakatia. Once it was famous for business. To redeem the tradition of business, I will try to dredge the dried-out Dakatia River.’
“Hajigang bazaar is situated along the Chandpur-Comilla road, which is very busy. If elected, I will construct a by-pass road. As a result, there will be no traffic jam. Hajiganj was once a developed cultural area, which is destroyed by drugs. I want to work for a drug-free zone in my constituency. Besides, I will try to develop education in the area. I have also given many computers to various schools on my own initiative. I have given I-pad to the teachers and education kits to the students. Besides, I have engaged in tree plantation and other social and development works. If elected a parliament member, I will do much more development in communication, education, health and other sectors. Overall, I will try to make my area a model for the whole country.