Awami League general secretary Obaidul Quader on Monday said Gazipur city election will be held in a free and fair manner.
“The polls will be held in a free and fair manner. The government is assisting the Election Commission in discharging its duty. The government will not interfere in it,” he said.Quader, also the road transport and bridges minister, made the remarks while speaking at a press conference at Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s political office at Dhanmondi in the capital.
Quader said Prime Minister and Awami League President Sheikh Hasina wants a free, fair and credible election in Gazipur.
“I can beg for votes to people as a party leader but people have the right to give votes to anyone,” he said.
“A peaceful environment is prevailing in Gazipur city and enthusiasm was seen among the voters,” he added.
There is no record of holding controversial polls under AL government, Quader said, adding, “BNP made elections questionable by rigging votes during their regime. People didn’t forget February 15 Magura election.”
Referring to BNP leader Moudud Ahmed’s remarks, he said BNP has a record of holding election at 10:00am in the morning not the Awami League.Quader also dismissed as false and baseless the BNP’s claim that many of their party activists have been arrested in Gazipur.
About the BNP’s demand for withdrawal of Superintend of Police in Gazipur Harun, the AL spokesperson said there is no specific allegation found against him.
AL leaders Mahbub-ul-Alam Hanif, Jahangir Kabir Nanak, Ahmad Hossain, Khalid Mahmud Chowdhury, AKM Enamul Hoque Shamim, Abdus Sobhan Golap, Ashim Kumer Ukil, among others, was present at the press conference.