Govt has no intention to win polls by snatching votes: PM

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Dhaka: Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Friday said her government wants free, fair and neutral elections and it has no intention to win the polls by snatching the votes.

“We want the upcoming national elections to be free, fair and impartial where we have no intention to win the polls by hijacking votes,” she said.

The prime minister made the comments when 307 senior retired government officials called on her at Ganabhaban here this evening to express solidarity with the Awami League (AL) and pledge to work for the victory of the pro-liberation forces in the upcoming national election.

The premier said her government worked for the welfare of the people. “If the people, being happy, give vote to us, we will remain in power, otherwise not,” she said.

Referring to the 2001 elections, the Awami League president said her party did not lose in votes in that election. “We bagged more votes despite so many obstructions, but we were given less seats,” she said.

In this connection, Sheikh Hasina said after coming to power in 2009, she got a document (on the 2001 elections results) in the prime minister’s office.

“Which seats we will be given and which will not were marked in red, yellow, green and blue inks. From this, it was understood that how the elections were staged in that year,” she said.

Putting emphasis on maintaining the continuity of the government for further development of the country, the prime minister said the anti-liberation forces will destroy the country again if they come to power.

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