Organize party, go to people: PM urges partymen

DHAKA, July 7, 2018 : Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina today urged the
party men to organize Awami League as well as its front organizations and go
to the people to seek their votes in the next general election.

“Awami League is the only political party in the country, which feels for
the people and works for their welfare,” she said urging the party men to
wage a rigorous campaign among the people to make them understand this
message.

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, also the president of Bangladesh Awami
League, said this while addressing the party’s third phase of the Special
Extended Meeting at Gonobhaban here today.

General Secretary of Awami League Obaidul Kader gave the welcome address
while Office Secretary Abdus Sobhan Golap placed the motion of condolence.
Publicity Secretary Dr Hasan Mahmud and Deputy Publicity Secretary Aminul
Islam conducted the meeting.

The prime minister said the rural economy has been boosted up and the
people have started getting a good result with their higher income side by
side with enjoying the facilities of digital Bangladesh and getting scope to
live better as Awami League remains in power.
No political party except Awami League has ever done anything for the
peasants and the working class people, she said adding, “Awami League is
pledged bound to ensure that all people have homes and they do not suffer
from starvation or are deprived of healthcare services and education,” she
said.

The Prime Minister called upon the party leaders and workers to plead to
the people so that they give votes to the Awami League candidates as they had
given in the past. At the same time, she asked the party followers to sink
all internal conflicts and fight saying “you have to remember that the
forthcoming election would be much harder than ever.”

“Leaders and workers have no scope to show negligence in any single
constituency which may lead to their defeat and might damage the scope of
forming the government,” she said.

Referring to her government’s initiative for trial of the war criminals of
1971, the prime minister said this process would be stopped if Awami League
cannot come to power again.

“They will carry out attacks on the people, their homes and property,
increase poverty rate, reduce literacy rate, suspend safety net programs and
all development works like they have done in past if they come to power,” she
said.

So, you have to make the organization stronger to work for the people to
change their lots, she said.

Office bearers and leaders representing different units of Awami League at
districts, upazila, pourasabha and union levels from Rangpur, Khulna, Dhaka
and Mymensingh divisions took part in the third-phase extended meeting of the
party. Recalling the atrocities of BNP and Jamaat ahead of the general election
in 2014, the prime minister said they burnt people alive and set fire on
public properties indiscriminately in the name of movement to foil the polls.

But, they could not foil the election as the people stood against their
evil design; she said adding that Awami League works for the people as they
are the main strength of the party.

Sheikh Hasina reminded her workers that the people may go to oblivion if a
thing is not told to them repeatedly. The forces which are even have no faith
in the independence, would do nothing for the people, she said. “So, you have
to go to the people and tell them those things constantly,” she added.

The prime minister shared with the delegates one of her initiative to
publish a series of book based on the intelligence reports, which were
compiled against Bangabandhu during the pre-independence era, and the
Agartala Conspiracy Case. This book would be very useful to learn about the
country’s history and Bangabandhu’s relentless struggle for independence.

Sheikh Hasina said Awami League would take part in the election in
alliance with other friendly political parties. So Awami League leaders
should be ready for sacrifice. Therefore, she said, all of you must work for
the candidates whoever is given nomination from the party.