Information and Broadcasting Minister Dr Hasan Mahmud has dismissed the opposition BNP's principal demand of a non-party government to oversee the next elections, and said that although BNP is now pretending to be a systematic movement, if given the chance it would create anarchy again in the country.
"So Awami League leaders and activists must have to be careful," the minister said at a peace rally organised by the Chittagong Metropolitan Awami League at Andarkilla intersection in the city on Saturday (February 4) afternoon as a chief guest.
He said, "BNP knows that they have no chance to win in the elections, so they have plotted many conspiracies. But no one will be allowed to create any kind of chaos in the country. If anyone tries to create chaos, Awami League will resist them with the people."
Hasan Mahmud, also the joint general secretary of Awami League (AL), said there will be no caretaker or polls-time-neutral government in Bangladesh to oversee national elections again. "There is no caretaker government anywhere in the world except Pakistan. BNP wants to follow Pakistan, but Bangladesh doesn't."
"As per the constitution, a fair and neutral election will be held in the country through the Election Commission under a government elected by people,” he said.
Deputy Minister of Education Mohibul Hasan Chowdhury Nowfel and General Secretary of Metropolitan Awami League and former Mayor AJM Nashir Uddin, among others, addressed the rally with acting President of Chittagong Metropolitan Awami League Mahtab Uddin Chowdhury in the chair.
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