Quader bins BNP’s demand for reelections

Publish: 7:27 PM, February 6, 2020 | Update: 7:30:PM, February 6, 2020

DHAKA, – Awami League General Secretary and Road Transport and Bridges Minister Obaidul Quader today rejected BNP’s demand for reelections to the Dhaka city corporations terming it illogical.

“BNP’s demand for reelections to Dhaka city corporations is irrational. There was no vote rigging or forgery in the city elections. If there was any incident of forgery, there would have been high turnout of voters in the elections,” he said.

The AL general secretary was speaking at a press conference at AL President’s Dhanmondi Political Office here after a meeting of the party’s secretariat.

About BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir’s call for reelections to the two city corporations, Quader said: “BNP also knows that the polls were held in a free, fair and peaceful manner except one or two sporadic incidents”.

Noting that despite low voter turnout, Awami League is satisfied over the Dhaka city polls as the elections were held in a peaceful manner, Quader said even the election observers did not raise any question about the city polls.

Awami League mayoral candidates Atiqul Islam and Sheikh Fazle Noor Taposh were unofficially declared elected in the Dhaka North City Corporation (DNCC) and Dhaka South City Corporation (DSCC) elections respectively held on February 1 last.

About the BNP’s rally demanding the release of its chairperson Begum Khaleda Zia, the AL general secretary said BNP is holding rallies across the country, including Dhaka, but nobody can give an example that the ruling party is impeding their rallies.

Holding meetings and rallies is a democratic right of BNP and it can hold rallies by taking clearance from police, he added.

Quader said AL councils will be held in Kotalipara and Tungipara in February 12 and 13 respectively, adding that councils will be held at grassroots level to strengthen the party.

AL joint general secretary AFM Bahauddin Nasim, organising secretaries Ahmad Hossain and Mirza Azam, publicity and publication secretary Dr Abdus Sobhan Golap, central committee members KM Jahangir and Marufa Akter Popy and deputy office secretary Sayem Khan were, among others, present.