Seeking votes for her party in the upcoming election, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Monday (Dec 17) said the Bangladesh Awami League should stay in power at least for five more years so that no one can hamper the country's current pace of progress. She made the comment while presiding over a discussion, arranged by the Awami League at Bangabandhu International Conference Centre marking the Victory Day, local media reports said.
Hasina said her party had prepared an economic plan to reduce poverty by another 5-6 percent before celebrating 'Mujib Year', marking the birth centenary of Bangabandhu in 2020, and the golden jubilee of the country's independence in 2021.
The PM said that deviation from the truth and the right track could do no good to the people.
She also said she had immense confidence in the people of Bangladesh and that they would not allow anybody in the future to veer the country off the existing path of development and the spirit of the Liberation War.
Hasina blasted the Jatiyo Oikyofront for being associated with the anti-liberation forces and giving nominations to the people convicted for corruption, militancy and war crimes.
Awami League leaders, including its general secretary Obaidul Quader, Tofail Ahmed, Jahangir Kabir Nanak and Abdur Rahman, and noted writer and historian Prof Muntasir Mamoon, spoke on the occasion.