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Quader: BNP finding excuses to boycott polls

  • Published at 07:10 pm January 25th, 2020
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'BNP will have to prove where Awami League violates the electoral code of conduct'

Awami League General Secretary and Road Transport and Bridges Minister Obaidul Quader has said BNP is finding excuses for staying away from the Dhaka city polls because of their apprehension to lose the elections.

"BNP has apprehension of losing the election. So, they are finding different excuses for staying away from the election," he told journalists after a function at the Brac Centre at Mahakhali in Dhaka on Saturday, reports BSS. 

Asked about BNP's allegation that the government is using everything to win the polls, Quader said BNP beats around the bush.

"BNP will have to prove where Awami League violates the electoral code of conduct and how the government interferes into the polls," he said.

Road Transport and Bridges Minister Obaidul Quader speaks at a function at the Brac Centre at Mahakhali in Dhaka on Saturday, January 25, 2020 | Mahmud Hossain Opu/Dhaka Tribune

About the remarks of Shushashoner Jonno Nagorik (Shujan) regarding city elections, he said Awami League candidate won the by-polls to Chittagong 8 constituency while BNP mayoral contestant won the Dupchanchia municipality elections in Bogra through the electronic voting machine (EVM) system.

If any kind of rigging or forgery took place in the polls or through the EVM system, why the voter turnout was low, he questioned.

Quader said if the government had any ill motive, the turnout would have been higher. So, the allegation of rigging is illogical, he added.

The minister said only making complaints without giving any specific proofs cannot be accepted.

Earlier, the minister addressed a certificate giving ceremony for women drivers of vehicles at the Brac Centre.

Brac Executive Director Asif Saleh chaired the function while Ministry of Women and Children Affairs Secretary Kazi Rowshan Akhter, World Bank Country

Director Mercy Miyang Tembon, writer and researcher Syed Abul Maksud, and Brac Director Anna Minj attended it, among others.

BRAC Administration and Road Safety Program Director Ahmed Najmul Hussain presented a paper on "Women behind the wheel for road safety."