Awami League General Secretary Obaidul Quader, also the Road Transport and Bridges minister, has said his party is likely to nominate controversial lawmaker Abdur Rahman Badi for the next elections from Cox’s Bazar-4 constituency.
He made this statement while attending a wayside rally in the Coat Bazar Station area after visiting Kutupalong Rohingya camp on Monday.
“Your lawmaker [Badi] regularly notifies us about the problems and difficulties of the local communities of Ukhia and Teknaf in parliament. The government has become able to quickly respond to the Rohingya issue because of his support,” Obaidul said.
The minister also urged people to vote for Badi. “If you are satisfied with the government’s development projects, you should support him [Badi] in the upcoming polls.”
Leaders of Cox’s Bazar Awami League and its affiliated bodies also spoke at the rally.
Abdur Rahman Badi has faced allegations of involvement in the Yaba trade and other cross border smuggling. In 2016, he was convicted and sentenced to three years in prison on corruption charges. However, he managed to secure bail from the High Court.