Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s information and communication technology advisor Sajeeb Wazed Joy on Monday hoped that ruling Awami League would score a massive victory in the upcoming general elections.
“I sat with the Awami League leaders to share the good news with them. I have run a survey on the next polls where it has been said that we would get many more votes than that of the 2008 elections,” Joy told journalists at a press briefing at AL president Sheikh Hasina’s political office in the capital’s Dhanmondi.
“The survey was conducted by a professional organisation. I think, this is one of the most accurate surveys,” he said, adding that the party has been carrying out such surveys every year. Earlier, Joy exchanged views with the leaders of AL and its associate bodies and heard their opinions.
AL general secretary Obaidul Quader and other central leaders were present at the meeting.
Urging AL leaders and activists to remain united, he said, “Awami League must have to assume office in the next elections. The confidence and support of people have been in favour of us. There is no party in Bangladesh who can defeat Awami League.”
Joy said that he is sure about AL’s win. “But there have been conspiracies. You must be aware to avert violent incidents like that of fire-bombing before the 2005 elections.” Portraying indiscipline in the party, Joy said grouping and lobbying remain in the party. “But, the party becomes united during the time of movement or election,” he said.
Responding to a query whether he would contest in the next polls, Joy, also son of Sheikh Hasina, replied in the negative. “I am not contesting the polls. My main target is to keep the party in office. I don’t have any intention to become a lawmaker or minister,” he said.
Responding to another query, he said it is not the main concern whether all political parties of the country would participate in polls or not. “The main concern is that whether polls would be held in a credible manner or not,” he said, adding that they cannot compel any party to join polls.
Joy also spoke on Zia family’s recent scam of $12 billion wealth in Saudi Arabia.
Over BNP secretary general’s claim that Zia family does not possess any wealth across the globe, Joy said, “It has been proved. How do they speak such a blatant lie? The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) has given deposition in Bangladesh over the scam of Tarique Rahman and Coco Rohman. How does Mirza Fakhrul make such claim? Their laundered money has been brought back to Bangladesh,” he said.
“They must have more illegal wealth and those will also be unearthed,” he added.