Dhaka, Jan 24 (UNB) – Awami League general secretary Obaidul Quader on Thursday said the government has no intention to spilt BNP as the party will face it due to its internal feud.
“BNP is now in a fragile condition. What’s the necessity for the government to split such a party? BNP has enemies within itself. Leaders of the party have already started talking in contradictory tones and tunes,” he said.
The AL leader further said, “If BNP now faces any split, it’ll happen only because of the party’s internal conflict. We need not divide the party.”
He came up with the remarks while talking to reporters after signing the construction deal for four-lane highway stretching from Tangail’s Elenga to Rangpur.
Quader, also the Road Transport and Bridges Minister, said their government wants BNP MPs to join parliament as they want a strong opposition in the House.
He said they surely do not consider BNP as a weak party though the party has become chaotic one due to its wrong politics and activities.
Quader is also skeptical about the existence of Dr Kamal Hossain-led Jatiya Oikyafront as he thinks BNP’s unity with the partners of the alliance will not last long.
He said the upcoming upazila elections will be competitive ones, even though BNP does not join the local body polls.
Dhaka, Jan 24 (UNB) – BNP policymakers are going to hold a meeting tonight (Thursday night) to decide whether the party will join the upcoming by-elections to the vacant mayoral post of Dhaka North City Corporation (DNCC).
“We’ve heard about the announcement of the schedule (for the DNCC by-polls). We’ll come up with our decision on it after a meeting of our standing committee members tonight,” said BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir.
He came up with the remarks while talking to reporters after offering fateha at the grave of party chairperson Khaleda Zia’s younger son Arafat Rahman Koko at Banani Graveyard.
Fakhrul said they will also talk to their acting chairman Tarique Rahman to determine their decision on the DNCC by polls.
The DNCC mayoral post fell vacant as its mayor Annisul Huq passed away on November 30, 2017.
In January 2018, the Election Commission had announced a schedule for the by-election to the DNCC mayoral post as well as 36 general councillor posts and 12 reserved councillor posts for the 36 new wards being added to the capital’s two municipalities -- equally divided between the north and south.
Later, the High Court stayed the by-election following a writ petition.
The EC announced the fresh schedule for the by-election on Tuesday after the High Court order clearing the way to hold it.
Dhaka, Jan 22 (UNB) – Awami League General Secretary Obaidul Quader on Tuesday said his BNP counterpart Mirza Fakhrul has been talking deliriously since his party’s shameful defeat in the December-30 national election.
“BNP’s condition resembles a bullock-cart stuck in the mud as seen in Joynul Abedin’s painting,” the minister told journalists after visiting Bangladesh Road and Transport Corporation (BRTC) office in the city’s Motijheel area.
“Taking part in the upcoming upazila elections is BNP’s political right, not a chance. So, they’ve to take a decision now,” he said.
He also mentioned that had Awami League been in BNP’s position it would not have boycotted the election.
During his maiden visit to the BRTC headquarters after taking office as transport minister for the second term, Obaidul urged the officials to eliminate corruption from the corporation and transform it into a profitable enterprise.
Thakurgaon, Jan 22 (UNB) – BNP Secretary General Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir on Tuesday said Bangladesh’s democracy had been killed through December 30 national election.
“The BNP was not defeated in this election. It is the Awami League which was defeated, our spirit of the 1971 Liberation War was crushed,” he said at a views exchange meeting with BNP leaders and activists at Mirza Ruhul Amin auditorium here.
He urged people to raise voices to save democracy and the country. The BNP leader said the ruling party was violating the constitution and destroying the democratic future of Bangladesh.
He claimed 2.6 million people were accused in 98,000 cases across the country.
“We said a fair election is impossible under Awami League and it has been proven through the polls. Our decision to boycott the 2014 polls was correct. The Election Commission is a paper tiger,” he said.
Fakhrul called on the government to scrap results of the December 30 election and arrange fresh polls.