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Quader: BNP, like-minded parties plotting to create chaos over polls

The opposition parties are not going to the voters, but rather appealing to their foreign lords, the Awami League leader says

Update : 05 Jul 2023, 06:57 PM

Awami League General Secretary Obaidul Quader on Wednesday said the BNP and like-minded parties are spreading rumours as part of plot to intensify conflicts centering the upcoming national elections.

He made the remarks during a joint meeting with the leaders of Awami League's associate bodies at the party's central office.

Quader said that the opposition parties are not going to the voters, but rather appealing to their foreign lords.

“They are indulged in their dreams of lodging complaints and imposition of restrictions on Bangladesh,” he said.

“Foreigners are our friends. But they have no authority here. On the other hand, the BNP has masters in foreign countries,” he added.  

Regarding the recent amendment of the Representation of the People's Order (RPO), Quader said it was necessary.

He said: “In any event of irregularities, only the polling of the specific centre should be cancelled, rather than an entire election. This provision is explicitly mentioned in the Act and similar practices exist in other democratic nations. Why does Bangladesh need to adopt a different approach?”

He also said BNP is obsessively pursuing power. 

“The election will be fair to them only if Awami League loses. The recent local government elections did not reflect the alleged chaos, fake votes, and capturing of polling stations that the opposition propagates. This positive outcome happened because of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina's efforts in modernizing and democratizing the electoral system through the establishment of the independent Election Commission,” he added.

Quader also said the upcoming national election would be conducted peacefully, fairly, and independently-similar to the city corporation elections.

The government will not interfere, and PM Hasina's administration would perform its routine duties, he said.  

The joint meeting was attended by Awami League Joint General Secretary Hasan Mahmud, Mahbubul Alam Hanif, and AFM Bahauddin Nasim, among others.


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