BNP becomes vendor of democracy despite snatching votes in 1996: Quader

Publish: 8:00 PM, February 15, 2021 | Update: 8:00:PM, February 15, 2021

DHAKA, – Awami League General Secretary Obaidul Quader today said BNP now becomes the hawker of democracy, though they snatched votes in the election on February 15, 1996.

“On this day in 1996, BNP staged a farce in the history of Bangladesh by holding a voter-less election, which was the stigmatised part of the history of the country’s elections,” he told a rally joining a videoconference from his official residence here.

Dhaka North City Unit of Awami League arranged the rally on Russel Square, Dhanmondi, in the capital, protesting the election held on February 15, 1996. Speaking as the chief quest, Quader, also road transport and bridges minister, said after assuming power in 1991, BNP started breaking all the election pledges that it gave to people over reestablishing democracy in the country.

Mentioning that BNP is now involved in anti-state propaganda, the AL general secretary said people will not spare any anti-state and anti- liberation conspiracy. He said BNP is continuously lying in the name of opposing the government.

Issuing a note of warning to the party men, Quader said: “No wrongdoers can get place in the Awami League and you all (AL men) must maintain the party’s discipline.”

BNP sees darkness in broad daylight and that is why it does not find any development and achievement of the government, he said Awami League pledged to bring smile on the faces of the poor people by implementing the ideology of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.

“The AL government has been working to this end under the leadership of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina,” he added. Calling upon the AL men to be united aiming to strengthen the hands of Sheikh Hasina, the AL general secretary said intrigues continue to cause turmoil inside the party and that is why all should remain alert in this regard.

He said: “The Dhaka City unit is the engine of the Awami League, so we must go forward together to keep the engine smooth.” AL presidium members Faruk Khan and Agriculture Minister Dr Abdur Razzaque, AL joint general secretary and Education Minister Dr Dipu Moni and its organising secretary Mirza Azam, among others, spoke at the rally with AL Dhaka North City president Sheikh Bazlur Rahman in the chair.