Staff Correspondent
Awami League is the only party that works for the people of the country, and hence young voters should vote for ‘Boat’ in order to see Bangladesh moving on the path of development and prosperity.
Shakib Al Hasan, number one all-rounder of world cricket, came out with the remarks at a discussion meeting titled ‘#iam Bangladesh’ at Farmgate Krishibid Institute in the capital on Monday.
“We all know whom we will vote for. Undoubtedly it is ‘Boat’,” Sakib said the young voters who will cast vote for the first time this year.
Referring to Bangladesh’s first one-day match against West Indies on Sunday, Shakib said the audience at the gallery of Sher-e-Bangla Stadium chanted ‘Nouka’, ‘Nouka’ (‘Boat’, ‘Boat’).
“I am sure the people of the country will do such work that will help continue the present development process,” Shakib said.
In order to inspire youngsters to exercise their franchise during the upcoming 11th parliamentary election, a part of the country’s top businessmen and Aporajeyo Bangla officially campaigned for Awami League-led Grand Alliance government through this event in the opening ceremony of ‘hashtag i am bangladesh’.
The ‘Hastag’ has been launched for encouraging youths to vote in favour of development in the upcoming polls.
Awami League-nominated mayor candidate for the post of Dhaka North City Corporation and former BGMEA President Atiqul Islam inaugurated the ‘Hashtag I Am Bangladesh’ campaign, with the help of BGMEA, DCCI, MCCI, and FBCCI.
Federation of Bangladesh Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FBCCI) President M Shafiul Islam (Mohiuddin), Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA) President M Siddiqur Rahman, Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Dhaka (MCCI) President Nihad Kabir, Dhaka Chamber of Commerce and Industry (DCCI) President Abul Kasem Khan, BGMEA Former President M Atiqul Islam and renowned film actor Ferdous were present on the occasion.
In one voice, all participators chanted the slogan ‘Let the first vote of youths be for development, for peace.’
Young people from different parts of Dhaka took part in the ceremony. Students came from Bangladesh University of Engineering, Dhaka University and Dhaka Medical College. In this regard, they asked different questions about the election and the guests answered to those.
FBCCI president Shafiul Islam said, “We need to work hard from our position to take Bangladesh forward through electing the pro-people political party in the coming national election.”
“We want such a leader who would listen to people’s voice,” he added.
Islam said, “You (youths) must vote for development and truth.”
Actor Ferdous told the youths, “When big concerts happen in Bangladesh, I see long queues of young people in the street with tickets in hands.”
On the very morning of the voting day, young voters should form such long queues at every polling station, he said.
Responding to a youth’s query about the party to vote for, Ferdous said, “There is only one party. We will be on that side. We will vote for ‘Boat’.”