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Dhaka city polls: Quader hopes EC to reach acceptable solution

  • Published at 05:14 pm January 17th, 2020
Awami League General Secretary Obaidul Quader
File photo of Awami League general secretary and minister for road transport and bridges Obaidul Quader Focus Bangla

Mirza Fakhrul is spreading misleading information over the EVM use in the upcoming city elections, he says

Awami League General Secretary and Road Transport and Bridges Minister Obaidul Quader has hoped the Election Commission (EC) will reach an acceptable solution over Dhaka city polls showing respect to a religion.

"The Awami League or the government has no objection to change the date of Dhaka city polls as Saraswati Puja (of Hindu community) will be held on January 30 (on the day of elections). And it is under jurisdiction of the Election Commission," he said on Friday.

He was speaking at a press conference at Awami League president's political office in Dhaka's Dhanmondi area after a meeting of the party's secretary level, reports BSS.

Quader said BNP Secretary General Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir is spreading misleading information over the EVM (electronic voting machine) use in the upcoming city elections.

"He (Fakhrul) himself was elected in a seat (in the general election) where the EVMs were used. A BNP candidate also won a municipality election in Bogra where voting was held using EVMs," he said.

Replying to a question, the Awami League general secretary said BNP leaders are simultaneously making derogatory remarks on Prime Minister and Awami League President Sheikh Hasina and its other leaders but the party did not file any case against them.

"They will not find such freedom in any part of the world," he added.

Coming down heavily on Gono Forum chief Dr Kamal Hossain for his remarks on the city polls, Quader said the Election Commission announced the election schedule. The government did not do any wrong in this regard and that is why the remarks of Kamal were not fair at all, he added.

Quader urged the Awami League leaders who are contesting in the city elections as councillor candidates without the party's consent to withdraw their candidature.

Replying to another query, the Awami League general secretary said the party central committee and advisory council members will pay homage to Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman at his grave in Tungipara of Gopalganj on January 24 and will hold a prayer session there.

Awami League Joint General Secretaries Mahbubul Alam Hanif and AFM Bahauddin Nasim, Organizing Secretaries Ahmad Hossain, BM Mujammel Haque, Mirza Azam, SM Kamal Hossain, Afzal Hossain, and Shakhwat Hossain Shafiq, Cultural Affairs Secretary Ashim Kumar Ukil, Publicity and Publication Secretary Abdus Sobhan Golap, Agriculture and Cooperatives Affairs Secretary Faridunnahar Laily, Office Secretary Biplab Barua, Science and Technology Affairs Secretary Abdus Sabur, Health Affairs Secretary Rokeya Sultana, and Women Affairs Secretary Meher Afroz Chumki were, among others, present.