Awami League general secretary Obaidul Quader on Friday ruled out any possibility of holding dialogue with BNP ahead of the next parliamentary elections.
“There is no necessity of holding dialogue with BNP ahead of the next parliamentary elections,” he told a press conference marking Awami League’s 69th founding anniversary at the party president’s Dhanmondi political office in the capital.Quader, also road transport and bridges minister, said before the previous election, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina invited BNP for dialogue, but BNP rejected the invitation uttering very rough and rude words.
“BNP missed the train of dialogue by rejecting the proposal before the previous parliamentary elections,” he said.
The AL leader said that there is no place of love in politics, rather it is a matter of calculations.
“There is no place of love in politics, rather it is a matter of calculations. There is no scope for showing pity or making love in politics,” he said.
About polls-time government, Quader said as per the constitution, there is no scope for Bangladesh Nationalist Party to be included in the polls-time government.
About BNP’s demand for a polls-time neutral government, he said that he wants to know from BNP the definition of neutrality.“What is meant by neutrality? Who is neutral? Only BNP men are neutral other are biased?” he posed a question to journalists.
The minister said BNP has no clear statement about the next parliamentary elections as they do not know properly what they want.
“But it is clear what we want. We want to hold the election in line with the constitution,” he said.
About the next general election, he said, “This time we are very confident. None will be spared if violence and sabotage are carried out to create unrest in the country ahead of the upcoming parliamentary elections.”
Quader said that BNP’s unrealistic dreams of winning the next national polls as like as 2001 will never be successful.
About the party’s extended meeting, the Awami League general secretary said the party will hold a major extended meeting on Saturday.
“Awami League President Sheikh Hasina will give directives to the party leaders and workers about the next parliamentary elections and upcoming city corporation polls,” he said.
AL leaders Mahbub-ul-Alam Hanif, Jahangir Kabir Nanak, Abdur Rahman, Ahmad Hossain, AFM Bahauddin Nasim, Khalid Mahmud Chowdhury, AKM Enamul Haque Shamim, Abdus Sobhan Golap, Faridunnahar Laily, Sujit Roy Nandi, Delwar Hossain, Aminul Islam Amin and SM Kamal Hossain, among others, were present on the occasion.