Sheikh Hasina has sought votes for the Awami League’s ‘boat’ symbol and warned the people about "the involvement of the BNP leaders in corruption, militancy and financial embezzlement".
The prime minister was addressing a campaign rally organised by the ruling party s Dhaka North unit at the Gulshan Youth Club ground on Friday.
“ Paddy sheaf (BNP s electoral symbol) means corruption, bombings, rise of militancy, money laundering, and embezzlement of the orphans money,” she remarked.
“How can those who don t consider people human beings seek vote for paddy sheaf ,” she asked her audienceThe Awami League chief reintroduced the party s candidates for the Dhaka North constituencies in the Dec 30 election at the rally.
She then said, “ Boat symbol means development, prosperity, people s freedom, change of their fate, and the welfare they deserve. Please consider these facts and cast vote for boat .”
Referring to the pledges in the party s election manifesto, she said the Awami League will continue working for the people, but it needed their support again.
“We want vote for boat for the country s security and peace, and to end corruption,” Hasina said.
She also said Bangladesh will be able to celebrate Bangabandhu s 100th birth anniversary in 2020 and golden jubilee of independence the following year “only if the Awami League forms the next government”Awami League candidates Akbar Hossain Pathan Farooque (Dhaka-17), AKM Rahmatullah (Dhaka-11), Asaduzzaman Khan Kamal (Dhaka-12), Sadek Khan (Dhaka-13), Aslamul Haque (Dhaka-14), Kamal Ahmed Majumder (Dhaka-15), Elias Uddin Mollah (Dhaka-16), Sahara Khatun (Dhaka-18), and Salman F Rahman (Dhaka-1), among others, attended the rally.
Hasina will travel to Sylhet on Saturday to offer prayers at the shrines of three Sufi saints and address a rally as part of campaign.
She is also scheduled to join the campaign in Rangpur on Sunday and address a rally at Kamrangirchar in Dhaka on Monday.