Vol. 5 Num 694 Sat. May 13, 2006  
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Price hike, law and order slide create instability: Hasina

Leader of the Opposition Sheikh Hasina yesterday said price hike of essentials, dwindling investment, retrenchment of workers, militancy and deteriorating law and order under the present government have created a state of uncertainty and instability in the country.

"The people want to get rid of such a miserable situation. But the alliance government has resorted to election engineering as part of its plot to undo people's right to bring a change of power through proper exercise of franchise. This has to be resisted, " said Hasina, also president of the Awami League (AL).

The AL chief was addressing the inaugural session of a two-day 13th Annual District Convention 2006 of the Lions Club International District 315 B2, Bangladesh, at Sonargaon Hotel in the capital.

"To make democracy more functional, the people must have the democratic right to change a government through votes," said the opposition leader, who is also a member of the Lions Club.

The former prime minister said many of the goals of Liberation War are yet to be achieved even 35 years after independence. A huge number of people are still illiterate and are living in extreme poverty. During the previous AL rule, they had taken various measures to improve the lot of the masses. She referred to medical facilities for the poor, construction of roads, highways and bridges, various allowances for the poor, freedom fighters and old people and rehabilitation of the homeless as some of the measures.

She said the alliance government cancelled various projects taken up when the AL was in power. This is why they (present govt) could not add a single megawatt of electricity to the national grid nor increase food production even by one tonne.

The AL chief alleged that hundreds of her party leaders and workers have been tortured and crippled and ousted from their houses due to political rivalry during the tenure of the this government.

Lions Clubs District Convenor Mohammad Abdul Aziz chaired the convention. Speakers included International Director of Lions Clubs International SK Kabir Hossain, Council Chairperson of Multiple District 315, Bangladesh, MA Kashem Bhuiyan, MA Awal, MA Kashem and Jahangir Kabir.