Awami League General Secretary Obaidul Quader has come down hard on the party's nomination seekers who are spending much time in Dhaka instead of their respective electoral areas ahead of the next parliamentary election.
“I find no problem with the Awami League activists. The problem lies with the leaders who take the seats on the stages. Be careful right away. The nomination can neither be ensured by hanging big billboards, banners with big images, or by spending time in Dhaka,” he said while addressing the inaugural session of Sakthira district Awami League's convention and member recruitment program Tuesday.
“The nomination will be decided based on the opinion of the people and party activists. Those who are sill staying in Dhaka, please return to Satkhira and get in touch with the people. Stand beside the Awami League activists,” Quader, also the and Road Transport and Bridges minister, continued.
He also asked partymen to remain extra alert to block notorious criminals and extortionists becoming members of Awami League.
“As Awami League is in power, many will gather around. But if we're not in power, the can't be sighted even after lighting a 5,000MW bulb,” he said.
Quader also mentioned that it is BNP which should be held responsible for blocking the way to arrange a dialogue ahead of the polls. “After Koko's [Khaleda Zia's youngest son Arafat Rahman Koko] death, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina went to console the bereaved mother. But she wasn't allowed to go in. By doing so, BNP has blocked the way for dialogue. Now the call for dialogue from BNP doesn't look appropriate.”