Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina waves hand to audiences at a public rally on Taltali Government High School premises in Barguna on Saturday. Photo: PMO

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Saturday urged the people to cast their votes for ‘boat’ in the coming election allowing her party to serve the nation for another term.
“Please cast your vote for ‘boat’ in the next election and allow us to serve you and uphold the country’s image,” she said while addressing a big pubic meeting at Taltali Government Model High School ground in Barguna on Saturday afternoon, reports BSS.
“People got independence by giving vote to Awami League and they were never deprived of development and government services when they cast their vote for the party,” Sheikh Hasina, also the president of Awami League, said.
“We want the people of Bangladesh to get a decent life. We are making constant stride for prosperity of the future generation by implementing many short and long term development plans,” she added.
Sheikh Hasina said the politicians, who have link with terrorism and militancy and who could not control their greed to eat up orphans’ money, can never do anything good for the people.
Awami League Advisory Council members Amir Hossain Amu and Tofail Ahmed, presidium members Matia Chowdhury, general secretary Obaidul Quader, Shipping Minister Shajahan Khan, AL Organizing Secretary AFM Bahauddin Nasim, former Jatiya Sangsad chief whip Abul Hasnat Abdullah, former state minister Dhirendranath Sambhu, addressed the meeting, among others, while President of Taltoli upazila AL Rejbi-Ul-Karim Mazumdar was in the chair. She said she expects nothing personally from politics. She said she wants to build a poverty and hunger-free Bangladesh as dreamt by Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman. Despite repeated attempts on her life, she said, she is working for the people to materialize the dream of Bangabandhu.
The prime minister said the living standard of the common people of Bangladesh always improved whenever Awami League was in power. People of every section benefitted from her government’s plans and programmes, she said.
In this regard, she pointed out the government’s recognition to the education of the Quomi Madrasa, saying this would help them to get job and come to the mainstream of society.
Expressing her determination to build Bangladesh as a peaceful country in South Asia, the prime minister said as many as 560 masques and Islamic and Imam training centers are being constructed to educate the youth on real teachings of Islam.
“Bangladesh would be a peaceful country. So, it’s my fervent request to the people of all religions to keep their children out of the influence of militancy, terrorism and drug,” she said.
The prime minister said her government has already contained the militancy. Drive against drug is going on as many families ruined out because of drug, she said adding that her government has undertaken a project to construct a mini stadium in every upazila so that children are engaged in sports and cultural activities.
“Children will lead a health life and they would not be addicted to drugs or lean to militancy and terror activities,” she hoped and urged the guardians, teachers and religious leaders to remain careful to save the children from these vices.
Sheikh Hasina said Islam is a religion of peace where there is no room for militancy. So, we will not allow a few persons to tarnish the image of this religion, she said.
Karmasangathan Bank, she said, had been established to give loan to the educated people to find their own business. The Awami League government has taken the initiative to give loan to sharecroppers. Saline tolerant crops are being produced in the southern region and steps were taken so that farmers get fair price of their crops, she said.
Sheikh Hasina said she has dedicated her life for changing the lot of people despite repeatedly attempts on her life, including grenade attack.
The prime minister held BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia and her son Tareque Zia responsible for the August 21, 2004 grenade attack on her saying BNP-Jamaat alliance pushed the country to a complete destruction.
Highlighting the future plan of her government for socioeconomic development of country, the prime minister said 100 Special Economic Zones are being set up to create job opportunities.
Earlier, the prime minister unveiled the plaques of various development projects of Barguna district.
The projects are: a 250-bed hospital, two Fire Service and Civil Defense stations at Bamna and Betagi upazilas, district library, the construction work of a barrack for women police personnel at district police lines and other projects, extension works of 2nd floor of hostel for blind children, Amtoli Thana building, Barguna Sadar union land office, Dowatola Union Land Office (coastal), Hosnabad Union land office, repair of coastal embankments affected by cyclone Sidr and Aila, construction works of four-storey academic buildings cum cyclone shelter centers of M Baliatoli D N College in Barguna Sadar, Syed Fazlul Haque Degree College in Pathorghata and Yunus Ali Khan Degree College in Amtoli, Upazila Livestock Development Center in Taltoli, Bakerganj-Padrishibpur-Kathaltoli-Subidkhali-Barguna road widening works, a bridge, Taltoli upazila parishad complex, Bamna upazila parishad complex, Gourachinna Union Parishad Complex, One House One Firm and Polli Sanchoy Bank buildings in Bamna.