Oikya Front will cease to exist: Quader

Staff Correspondent

19 January, 2019 12:00 AM printer

Awami League General Secretary Obaidul Quader said on Friday that Jatiya Oikya Front will not sustain due to difference in political ideology and principle of its components.

“Since its inception, the components of Jatiya Oikya Front differed with each other in political ideology and principle on several occasions. It seemed to me that the alliance won’t sustain for a longer period,” he said.

Quader, also road transport and bridges minister, was talking to reporters while visiting the venue of Awami League grand rally at Suhrawardy Udyan in the capital.

Mentioning that a rift is evident in Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) since launching of Jatiya Oikya Front, the minister said, “A split is inevitable and Oikya Front has to accept it.”    

Replying to a question about the reason of its possible split, Quader said, “Ties between communal and non-communal forces can never sustain.”

He mentioned that BNP did not respond to the call for severing ties with Jamaat-e-Islam, an anti-liberation force.

“Rather BNP maintained close relationship with Jamaat by criticising the trial of war criminals,” he said.

Replying to another query whether AL will take any initiative to bring BNP in the upcoming upazila polls, he said, “BNP will participate in the upazila polls automatically like that of national election, if it gives importance to democracy.”

“Like the national election, BNP will come to upazila poll in the same manner. AL will not request BNP to join the upazila poll,” he said.

Quader said, “Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina will deliver important directives to the party leaders and activists at the Awami League grand rally at Suhrawardy Udyan on Saturday.”

“The premier will reiterate her government’s zero tolerance policy against corruption, terrorism and drug peddling,” he said.

Awami League is all set to hold its grand rally at Suhrawardy Udyan on Saturday to celebrate its landslide victory in the 11th parliamentary elections held on December 30, last year.

Earlier, at a programme at AL president Sheikh Hasina’s Dhanmoni political office, Quader mentioned that the party would give nominations in women’s reserve seats in parliament taking into consideration the sacrifices made by the leaders and activists during bad days of the party.

About rise in number of aspirants for reserved women seats, he said, ”It is because of increased popularity and acceptance of the ruling party.”