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Obaidul upbeat about fair polls, BNP’s participation

  • Published at 10:55 PM January 01, 2018
Obaidul upbeat about fair polls, BNP’s participation
File photo of Awami League General Secretary Obaidul QuaderDhaka Tribune

'The crisis over the polls will be over'

Road Transport and Bridges Minister Obaidul Quader on Monday said BNP has no reason to be worried about the next general election, as it will be held in a fair and credible manner.

“I’m strongly hopeful that the election will be held at the right time and BNP’s fear and uncertainty about it will also be removed. A fair, neutral and inclusive election will be held in a congenial atmosphere,” he said.

Obaidul, also the general secretary of Awami League, made the remarks while speaking to reporters at the Secretariat.

He also hoped that a meaningful election will be held with the participation of all registered political parties, including BNP.

“The crisis over the polls will be over.” Obaidul said

The minister also said he thinks BNP will not make the mistake of boycotting the parliamentary polls once more. “They (BNP) are now coming up with big demands as part of their efforts to realize something from the government. But I can confidently say that BNP will come to the next polls for the sake of their existence.”

Asked whether the government is going to cooperate with BNP regarding permission for its rally at Suhrawardy Udyan on January 5, he said he had heard that Dhaka city Awami League and a religious group or party also wanted to hold a program at the same venue on the same day.

The minister, however, added that it was for the Dhaka Metropolitan Police authorities to decide whether they would give permission or not.

About Awami League’s candidate for the Dhaka North City Corporation mayoral post, he said the party’s nomination board will finalize the decision.

Quader also said the Prime Minister may have given former BGMEA president Atiqul Islam the green light to assess his popularity.

Regarding the repatriation of 100,000 Rohingya refugees to Myanmar in the first batch, he said everything depended on Myanmar to start the process, but the “ice had begun melting on the issue.”

However, more international pressure must be exerted on Myanmar to make the repatriation process a success, he added.

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