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Awami League unbothered by BNP movement, Quader says

  • ‘Govt not thinking about banning BNP’
  • Calls January 7 election free and fair
Update : 18 Feb 2024, 07:15 PM

Awami League General Secretary Obaidul Quader has said the ruling party has no headache about the movement of the BNP.

“The BNP’s movement is nothing but a cock and bull story. We have no headache about the BNP. The participation of the masses is necessary to wage a movement. A movement cannot be created by merely engaging activists of a particular party,” he said on Sunday.

Talking to the reporters after formally submitting the nomination papers of Awami League candidates for reserved women’s seats in parliament at the Election Commission, Quader said the government is not thinking of banning the BNP from politics.

“They are doing it themselves. Besides, we have no headache about the BNP as it could not involve people in its movement. The BNP could not show what it says in its statements,” he said.

In fact, the Awami League general secretary said, there was no issue with the movement in the country even before the last polls, and there is no issue right now.

The BNP has made a mistake due to its trend of negative politics, and the party has been stuck in quicksand, he said.

Quader, also the road transport and bridges minister, said there is no obstacle to making the 12th parliament interactive, as there is an opposition party and a significant number of independent lawmakers in the House too.

He said the January 7 general election was a free and fair one with more than 41% voter turnout.

Compared to the elections held in many countries around the world, Quader said there was no scope to say that the voter turnout was low in Bangladesh, as 28 political parties participated in the polls.

“There is an opposition party in the House. The Jatiya Party has already started its functioning in parliament,” he said.

Responding to a question about whether the Jatiya Party can play an effective role as the opposition in the House with only 11 members, Quader said let it be seen in parliament first.

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