Road Transport and Bridges Minister Obaidul Quader has said the government does not have any plan to hold midterm or snap polls.
“The national election will be held as per the rules and the Election Commission will organize it. But we want the election held in the month of victory while the EC is empowered to fix the polls date,” he said.
Obaidul, also the general secretary of the ruling Awami League, made the comments while talking to reporters at the Secretariat conference hall in Dhaka on Wednesday.
Referring to the Zia charitable and orphanage graft cases, he said: “The lawsuits were not filed during the regime of the Awami League-led government. The Anti-Corruption Commission had sued her [BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia] during the caretaker government.
“If she is convicted in the cases, it will be alleged that the government intervened in the judiciary. In case of her being acquitted, they [the BNP] will term the judiciary independent.”
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The minister also talked about the violence allegedly carried out by the leaders and activists of the BNP and its associate organisations in Secretariat area on Tuesday.
“We too are doubtful as to why the BNP chose the path of sabotage yet again. We think that they are going to follow the path of arson and violence again. If not so, why would they burn down vehicles belonging to others?” Obaidul said.
“They are not being able to fan a movement; they failed to do so. This could be why they are opting for the path of violence,” he further said.
Replying to a question on the government's possible role when such subversive acts repeat, Obaidul said: “There will be a tit for tat. Actions will be taken based on the situation.”
On the vacant mayoral post of Dhaka North City Corporation, Obaidul said his party will nominate someone who will be proactive and capable of fulfilling the dreams of former mayor Annisul Huq, who recently passed away.
“The candidate can by anyone from within the party. It is also possible that a person embodying the spirit of the Liberation War and Bangabandhu will be endorsed by Awami League, despite not being its leader. He or she will be a person with clean image,” he added.
Talking about whether any member of the late mayor's family will be given the party ticket for the DNCC by-polls, the minister said: “I can imagine the situation in his family following his demise. They are very much shocked. However, none of them has yet shown interest in the post.
“They are not even determined to do so. So, do not raise any question that will make them embarrassed.”
The article was first published on Bangla Tribune.