Responsible opposition good for democracy

Obaidul Quader says

Staff Correspondent

11th June, 2019 10:33:01 printer

Responsible opposition good for democracy

Road Transport and Bridges Minister Obaidul Quader speaks at the party’s office at Bangabandhu Avenue in the capital on Tuesday. -SUN PHOTO

Awami League General Secretary Obaidul Quader on Tuesday said a united and strong opposition is good for healthy democracy.

Quader, also Road Transport and Bridges Minister, said this while briefing reporters after a joint meeting with party’s affiliated organisations at its headquarters on Bangabandhu Avenue at Gulistan in the capital on Tuesday.

Secretaries of central body, presidents and general secretaries of its associate bodies, presidents and general secretaries of Dhaka city units, city mayors and AL lawmakers attended the meeting. The minister expects unity among the allies of Jatiya Oikya Front to play a responsible role both in and outside parliament.

“We want to see a responsible opposition. Apparently there is no unity among the allies in the Oikya Front, which is unexpected,” he said.

Responding to a query over international pressure on government over Khaleda Zia’s imprisonment, the minister said they are not facing such pressure from the international community to release Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) chief.

“There’s no pressure from them but the BNP is repeatedly lodging complaints to the international communities,” he said.

BNP is repeatedly politicizing the issue of Khaleda Zia’s treatment, although doctors do not have any concern about her health, he also said.

“BNP has not been able to play a significant role in street movements and cannot do in the parliament. The party could not wage any movement during the last 10 years,” he added.

Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan Kamal, Information Minister Hasan Mahmud, State Minister for Shipping Khalid Mahmud Chowdhury, Dhaka North City Corporation mayor Atiqul Islam, Dhaka South Corporation mayor Sayeed Khokan, and deputy minister for Education Mohibul Hasan Chowdhury Nowfel, AL leaders Jahangir Kabir Nanak, AFM Bahauddin Nasim, BM Mozammel Haque, Abdus Sobhan Golap, Sujit Roy Nandi, president of AL Dhaka city north unit Abul Hasnat and its general secretary Shahe Alam Murad, among others, were present at the meeting.

The party plans to mark the 70th founding anniversary of Awami League on June 23.

Quader declared that Awami League will celebrate the founding anniversary with a month-long programme. On the day, the national flag and Awami League’s party flag will be hoisted atop the party offices across the country and at Bangabandhu Bhaban at Dhanmondi 32 in Dhaka.

Leaders and activists of the ruling party will pay tribute to Bangabandhu by placing floral wreaths at his portrait in Dhanmondi. An AL delegation will place a floral wreath at Bangabandhu’s grave at Tungipara.

Awami League will arrange a discussion meeting at the Bangabnadhu International Conference Hall. AL president and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina will attend the meeting.

Awami League will host a reception for veteran, seasoned, and grassroots leaders at the meeting.

On June 25, Awami League will arrange a cultural programme at its central office at Gulistan, Hatirjheel, and Rabindra Sarobar.

The ruling party will also publish a special magazine to mark the 70th founding anniversary of the party, he said.