Awami League general secretary Obaidul Quader has termed Jatiya Oikya Front’s mass hearing on the 11th national election as a mass mockery.
“Jatiya Oikya Front’s mass hearing on the 11th national election is nothing but a mass mockery, because its leader Dr Kamal Hossain has been made a justice of the mass hearing,” he said.Quader, also road transport and bridges minister, was addressing a press conference at Awami League president Sheikh Hasina’s political office at Dhanmondi in the capital on Thursday.
The minister passed the comment at a time when Jatiya Oikya Front declared for holding a mass hearing over the ‘irregularities’ in the 11th parliamentary polls.
When asked about BNP-Oikya Front’s threat of going to the electoral tribunal, Quader said, “We’ll fight back, if they file cases.”
About release of BNP chief Khaleda Zia from jail, he said, “The government has no authority to free Khaleda Zia from jail as the court is the main authority.”
Referring to changes in nominations of upzila chairman, Quader said that a some nominations were altered due to allegations lodged against the candidates.
When asked about the publication of gazette of the 9th wage board award for journalists, he said, “The gazette will be published soon. It will not be justified to make a delay in this regard. A meeting will be held soon to this effect.”Replying to another query on inclusion of TV journalists in the wage board, he said, “There is a plan to include the electronic media in the wage board.”
Talking about the Awami League’s next triennial council, the minister said that the council will be held in proper time.
“We had a discussion with our President and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina over the national council of our party which is likely to be held in October,” he said.
AL leaders Sujit Roy Nandi, Abdus Sabur, Mirza Azam and SM Kamal Hossain, among others, were present on the occasion.