With Dhaka North City Unit Awami League President AKM Rahmat Ullah in the chair, the mammoth meeting was addressed, among others, by Awami League presidium member Sheikh Fazlul Karim Selim, Mayor of Dhaka South Sayeed Khokan, Awami League backed mayor candidate of DNCC Atiqul Islam, central party leader Mofazzal Hossain Chowdhury Maya, Jubo League Chairman Omar Faruk and central leaders of the party Jahangir Kabir Nanak, Bahauddin Nasim and Abdur Rahman.

Sheikh Hasina introduced the candidates of eight constituencies under DNCC. They are- AKM Rahmat Ullah (Dhaka 11), Asaduzzaman Khan Kamal (Dhaka 12), Sadek Khan (Dhaka 13), Aslamul Haq (Dhaka 14), Kamal Ahmed Majumder (Dhaka 15), Elias Mollah (Dhaka 16) and Akbar Hossain Pathan (Dhaka 17) and Sahara Khatun (Dhaka 18).

Sheikh Hasina said Dhaka city should be made more attractive as many foreign and local people travel the capital city in many purposes, particularly for employment.

In this regard, the prime minister pointed out the development of Hatirjheel in the heart of Dhaka and digging of a 100-feet wide canal along 300-feet road from Kuril.

Power distribution system and power substations in the capital would be constructed underground to protect the power supply from storm, cyclone or any natural disaster, she said.

Sheikh Hasina said people achieved independence and right to speak in mother tongue by giving vote to ‘boat’ (election symbol of Awami League). The country and live of every people is moving towards prosperity as they have given vote to Awami League in 2008 and 2014, she said.

Every citizen is enjoying benefits of the socioeconomic development of the country made by the government and they are pursuing a better life than ever before, she said.

“Earlier, a day labour used to buy 3/4 kg of rice with his daily income. Now they can buy 8/10 kg rice as their purchase capacity has been improved,” she said, adding that Bangladesh is no more a nation of beggars. The country is now self-reliant in many areas including food production.

Sheikh Hasina said the pace of development should be continued and militancy, terrorism and drug should be dealt strictly.

She recalled militant attack at Holy Artisan Hotel in Gulshan which claimed lives of many foreign nationals. After the incident, she said, the Awami League government with an iron hand has uprooted militancy from the country.

The prime minister said her government has taken plan to set up 100 special economic zones in the country where more than 10.25 million people would get their jobs side by side with boosting the country’s economy.

“Awami League didn’t open Hawa Bhaban to indulge in corruption, and Awami League didn’t eat up the orphans’ money,” she said and described BNP as the ‘symbol of corruption’ and Awami League as the ‘icon of development’.

Khaleda Zia is now in jail on charges of misappropriation of orphans’ money. However, Awami League didn’t lodge the case against her, rather those whom she favoured most sued her on that charges, the prime minister said.