Stay alert about money, muscle power during elections: President

10 Oct 2017, 22:45

Online Desk

Kishoreganj: President Abdul Hamid on Tuesday urged all to forge a unity and remain alert against the influence of money and muscle power in elections, which ultimately affects democracy.

"Stay alert about the influence of money and muscle power during polls...people will exercise their voting rights by electing the representatives of their choice, but they must elect efficient candidates," he said.

The President was addressing a function on Katiadi Pilot Model High School premises in Katiadi upazila on the occasion of its platinum jubilee celebration.

The President said the public leaders have the immense responsibilities to strengthen democracy at the grassroots level while people have the key task to choose competent candidates in the elections.

Abdul Hamid also called upon all to make the unity stronger to uphold the spirit of the Liberation War and face the conspiracies of anti-independence and anti-country elements.

Terming the Sholakia Eid congregation as the pride of this region, he said the miscreants and militant forces tarnished the traditional image of Sholakia by unleashing terror.

The President said all, irrespective of party affiliations, opinions and caste, must come forward together against the militancy and terrorism so that no evil force can hamper the communal harmony and development trend of the country.

"If we can do it then the 'Sonar Bangla' envisioned by Father of the Nation will be built," he added.

Mentioning his long 60-year political background, Abdul Hamid said, "I had to face many difficulties to reach this position. I learnt many things form the common people. I salute them as we've to learn more important things. I want to spend the rest of my life for the welfare of the country and its people."

The President urged the affluent section of society to extend the hands of humanity and cooperation to the common people, especially the under-privileged and oppressed ones.

He advised the students to be more knowledgeable, honest and brave to build them as world-class citizens as the world has become more competitive and work for materialising the 'Digital Bangladesh' concept.

The President stressed flourishing democracy and maintaining political stability to ensure sustainable development, saying, "Tolerance, mutual respect and strengthening all democratic institutions help flourish democracy."

Abdul Hamid urged all to work together in the greater interest of the country and its people.

Chaired by Mohammad Suhrab Uddin, MP, the function was addressed, among others, by Rejwan Ahammad Taufiq, MP, Kishoreganj Zila Parishad Chairman adv Zillur Rahman, former secretary of the government Shafiq Alam and Katiadi upazila chairman Abdul Wahid Aynuddin.

Earlier in the day, the President laid the foundation stones of some development projects in Katiadi upazila.