Awami League general secretary Obaidul Quader on Monday said the BNP leaders can speak in an undemocratic manner as democracy prevails in the country.
“BNP leaders would hot have been able to speak untrue, ugly and undemocratic language if there had not been any democracy in the country,” he said.Quader, also the road transport and bridges minister, made the remarks while addressing a discussion meeting organized by Juba League marking Sheikh Hasina’s Imprisonment Day at Mohanagar Natyamancha in the capital.
Juba League chairman Omar Faruk Chowdhury presided over the function. Juba League general secretary Harunur Rashid addressed the meeting, among others.
“BNP leaders would not have been able to talk in such an undemocratic manner, utter foul words against the prime minister and the government if there had not been any democracy in the country,” Quader said.
He said the law enforcers are yet to interfere with or stop the regular press conferences BNP holds at its Paltan office to utter such foul language.
Referring to television talk-shows, Quader said any BNP leaders are not being harassed for making anti-government statements though AL leaders were harassed during the BNP regime for only attending any talk-show.
“They (BNP leaders) are enjoying the freedom of speech we never had during their time. But still, they claim that there is no democracy in the country,” Obaidul Quader said.He also called upon the Jubo League leaders and activists to work hard for the country and the party, saying that party president Sheikh Hasina would surely recognise their dedication and contribution.
Obaidul Quader blamed BNP itself for attempting to ‘minus’ Khaleda Zia and Tarique Rahman from politics by dropping section 7 from the party constitution in the dead of the night.