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Quader: BNP’s condition will worsen in future for boycotting election

  • Published at 10:57 pm March 1st, 2019
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He said BNP participates in elections as per their convenience

Awami League General Secretary Obaidul Quader has said the condition of BNP will further worsen in the next general election as they are boycotting elections one after another.

Quader made the remark at a press conference at the party’s Dhanmondi office on Friday.

“The way BNP is boycotting elections one after another, it looks like their condition will further worsen in the next general election,” he said.

He stated that BNP participates in any election as per their convenience.

He said: “Earlier, they took part in four city corporation elections and became victorious; sidetracking the election is not at all the democratic way. Although BNP is not taking part in the election, but their leaders and workers are taking part.”

Answering a question over the low voter turnout at the recently concluded Dhaka North City Corporation election, Quader said: “The polls day was a holiday and many voters went to their villages. Besides, a big political party did not take part in the election and it was a rain-marred day. 

Also, the city corporation election was a by-poll, so the polls day witnessed low turnout”.

Referring to the Dhaka City Corporation Election held back in 2001 where Sadeque Hossain Khoka was elected mayor with only 10% votes, Quader said: “This election was far better than that one as the voters’ turnout was much higher this time.”

Asked about the BNP’s claim that the Awami League is trying to hide its face through undergoing plastic surgery, the Awami League general secretary said: “BNP has nothing to say except delivering some flurry of words after failing in politics.”