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AL trashes UN statement over Bangladesh’s poll

Staff Correspondent

20th January, 2019 10:35:07 printer

The ruling Awami League on Sunday ran counter to the United Nations official statement over the Bangladesh’s recently held national polls, saying flawless elections have never been held anywhere in the globe.

“The United Nations mentioned that the elections were not perfect… not flawless. I want to know which country held flawless elections. Who can say elections were held flawlessly and in which country?” Awami League General Secretary Obaidul Quader posed the questions.

Quader, also road transport and bridges minister, was addressing a meeting with officials at Shetu Bhaban in the capital on Sunday.

The AL leader came up with the remark in reaction to UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres’s statement on Bangladesh’s elections.

At a briefing on Friday, Guterres said the elections were not perfect in Bangladesh.

BNP-dominated Jatiya Oikya Front rejected the polls result, saying the Awami League won the polls through vote rigging and irregularities.

The Awami League won 257 seats alone while its grand alliance secured 288 out of 299 seats.

Quader said overall 63 percent work of Padma Multipurpose Bridge has been completed.

Construction of 191 piles of 261 is done while partial work of 15 piles is going on, he said, adding that a total of 16 pillars out of 42 have been completed while work of 15 pillars is under way.

About 3.4-kilometre-long tunnel under Karnaphuli, Quader said construction work will be end by 2022.

“Right now 30 percent work has been done. The estimated cost of the tunnel is nearly Tk9,880 crore 40 lakh,” he said.