In a taunting manner, Awami League General Secretary Obaidul Quader on Monday said BNP would not be able to wage any tough, meaningful demonstrations ahead of the next general polls.
“BNP practices a negative form of politics. The party has not been able to organize any effective demonstration in the last nine years, and it will not be able to do so in the next nine months either,” he said, while talking to reporters after supervising construction work on a bailey bridge in Sreenagar upazila bazar area on Monday morning.
“BNP's politics is rooted in violence and has been rejected by the public in the past. The public will not respond to their call for demonstration. If BNP conducts demonstrations before the upcoming election, the party members and the general public will not buy it. The public did not respond to their demonstrations before and they will not do so in the next nine months either,” Obaidul, also the road transport and bridges minister, said.
“The party [BNP] hoped it will be able to wage tough demonstrations centering Khaleda Zia's incarceration. They could not make it happen. Now with the election approaching, expecting to organize demonstrations is a far-fetched idea.”
“What can BNP show about their work that will win them majority votes? BNP appearing for election is their right. The government is doing them no favour whatsoever. This democratic privilege is not to be trifled with. Ultimately, it is their decision to participate in the election,” he added.