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Full-text of the election manifesto of Bangladesh Awami League

Published : Wednesday, 27 December, 2023 at 1:22 PM  Count : 376

Awami League President Sheikh Hasina today announced the party’s election manifesto for the 12th National Parliament Election slated for January 7, 2024.   

Following is the full-text of the manifesto

                                 Twelfth National Parliament Election

                                        Declaration of Election Manifesto

                                                           Sheikh Hasina

                                        President, Bangladesh Awami League

                                        Pan Pacific Sonargaon Hotel, Dhaka

                                                              Wednesday

                                                              12 Paush 1430

                                                               27 December 2023

                                                  Bismillahir Rahmanir Rahim


Dear Countrymen,

Ladies and Gentlemen,

Assalamu Alaikum,

I wish you all a very happy December, the month of victory.

On the occasion of the twelfth National Parliament Election, I wish everyone present here at the election manifesto declaration ceremony of Bangladesh Awami League. My sincere thanks and heartfelt wishes to those watching this event inside the country and abroad using television channels and social media platforms.

In the history of Bangladesh, 15 consecutive years of running the country under a democratic system are about to be accomplished. We achieved unprecedented development in Bangladesh because the five-year parliamentary system of government was stable. By this time, Bangladesh has transformed from the least developed country into a developing one.

Bangladesh achieved independence under the leadership of the Father of the Nation, Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman. He dreamed of establishing a hunger-poverty-free, prosperous 'Golden Bangla.'

He took on the responsibility of ruling a war-ravaged country plagued by hunger and poverty. He had only three years, seven months, and three days to lead the country. In 1972, the per capita income was 91 USD. The Father of the Nation raised it to 277 USD in 1975 in just three years. Bangladesh achieved 9 percent growth by his leadership. In this short period of time, he raised Bangladesh from the ruins to the status of a least-developed country. The Father of the Nation, Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, was brutally assassinated on August 15, 1975, by the merciless bullets of the assassins. The killer took away all the prospects of Bangladesh's development and the spirit of great independence.

I recall with deep gratitude the Father of the Nation, Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman. I pay my tributes to the four national leaders, three million martyrs, and two hundred thousand dishonored mothers and sisters. I salute the brave freedom fighters.

Recalling with deep sorrow - my mother, Bangamata Fazilatunnesa Mujib, three younger brothers – valiant freedom fighter Captain Sheikh Kamal and valiant freedom fighter Lieutenant Sheikh Jamal, my ten-year-old younger brother Sheikh Russel; Kamal and Jamal's newlywed wife Sultana Kamal and Parveen Jamal, my only uncle crippled freedom fighter, Sheikh Abu Nasser, President's Military Secretary Brigadier General Jamil Uddin Ahmed, police officer ASI Siddiqur Rahman and all the martyrs who were brutally assassinated on August 15.I pray for the forgiveness of all those departed souls.

Ladies and Gentlemen,

On this day, I respectfully recall the founding president of Awami League, one of the oldest political parties in this subcontinent, Maulana Abdul Hamid Khan Bhashani, founding General Secretary Shamsul Haque, the idol worshiper of democracy Huseyn Shaheed Suhrawardy, Maulana Abdur Rashid Tarkbagish and all the late leaders of Awami League. I pay deep respect to the language martyrs who have sacrificed their lives to protect the dignity of our mother tongue, Bengali.

I was recalling Awami League leader Ivy Rahman and 22 leaders and activists who were killed in the grenade attack on August 21, 2004.

I recall all those who sacrificed their lives in the various democratic movements before and after our independence and the struggle for the right to vote and food.

Dear Countrymen,

My younger sister and I were abroad when the Father of the Nation and most of our family members were brutally killed on August 15, 1975. That is why we are alive. For six long years, we were forced to live in exile as refugees. The then-military ruler Ziaur Rahman created obstacles to come to our homeland. I returned to Bangladesh in 1981 with the support of its people and the Bangladesh Awami League. I came back to the country, ignoring the bloodshot eyes of the illegitimate ruling government, the assassins and conspirators of the Father of the Nation, and the war criminals. After that, I started the struggle to establish people's right to ballot and bread, and for that, I was targeted and hit again and again. I protested against the military regime for the democratic rights of the people and was arrested many times. At least 19 attempts have been made to kill me. But I didn't give up. Finally, I was able to return the right to vote to the people. Twenty-one years after the tragedy of 1975, Bangladesh Awami League formed the government by winning the general elections on 12th June 1996. This brought an end to killings, military cue, and military rule.

After completing a five-year term from 23 June 1996 to 15 July 2001, the Awami League handed over power peacefully for the first time in the history of Bangladesh. During 1996-2001, we made the country self-sufficient in food by increasing the production of rice and pulses. Increase enrollment rate, increase power generation, take up social security programs, introduce old age, widower, and disabled allowances, and provide collateral-free agricultural loans to farmers.

In the National Parliament Elections held on 1stOctober2001, the BNP Jamaat alliance came to power by promising to sell gas, the country's only natural resource. While they were in power, extreme corruption, misrule, murder, and rape were started. Including Hindu-Muslim-Christian-Buddhist, innumerable Awami League leaders and activists were subjected to inhumane torture. They established a reign of murder, terror, and disappearances in the entire country.

On 21stAugust2004, Awami League's peace rally was attacked by grenades, killing 22 activists and injuring more than 500 people. Bomb attacks in districts, clanging of weapons in educational institutions, jamming of sessions, and uncertain lives of students were the common picture during the BNP-Jamaat coalition government. Militancy, terrorism, arms smuggling, money laundering, embezzlement of bank money, and public life became miserable under the dual rule of Hawa Bhaban.

In 2006, the BNP-Jamaat alliance was supposed to hold an election after the end of their term, but they did not hold this. Instead, they resorted to various tricks to keep the power forever. To rig the election, they set up an Election Commission that promised to carry out only their orders and produced 1 crore 23 lakh fake voters. These activities led Bangladesh to the path of darkness. The military seized power from behind by imposing a state of emergency in the country. This government of Iajuddin, Fakhruddin, and Mainuddin took away the rights of the people and started running a steamroller on them. They take the initiative to break up the established political parties. Many leaders of my party, leaders of other political parties, and I were imprisoned. They formed different parties and took the initiative to hold a farcical election.

But aware countrymen stand united against their plot. In the face of the people's movement, they were forced to hold the 9th parliamentary elections. However, they implemented some of the demands of the electoral reforms that the Awami League-led Grand Alliance presented - such as the preparation of voter lists with photographs, cancellation of 1 crore 23 lakh fake voter lists, and use of transparent ballot boxes.

The Awami League-led Grand Alliance won the general elections on December 29, 2008. Awami League won 233 seats, and BNP alone won only 30 seats. The rest of the seats go to the members of both alliances.

Dear Countrymen,

In the 2008 election manifesto, we announced Vision 2021, which was a charter of change. We successfully ran the country after overcoming hundreds of hurdles by winning the 2014 and 2018 National Parliament elections.

Bangladesh has been transformed in the last 15 years. Today's Bangladesh is by no means poverty-stricken or economically fragile. I can unequivocally say that today's Bangladesh is now a ‘Changed Bangladesh.’ Bangladesh is now a fast-paced country moving forward with its potential. Minor setbacks cannot hinder our economic progress today. We have left that proof by facing various challenges, including the COVID-19 pandemic.

Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, we celebrated the birth centenary of the Father of the Nation, Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, in 2020 and the Golden Jubilee of Independence in 2021. At this time, the United Nations recognized Bangladesh as a developing country.

In 2006, the last year of the BNP-Jamaat coalition government, I would like to present a brief comparative picture of where Bangladesh was regarding various socio-economic indicators and where it stands now.

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