Quader slams Menon for his comment on JS polls

Staff Correspondent

21 October, 2019 12:00 AM printer

Awami League general secretary Obaidul Quader on Sunday slammed Workers Party president Rashed Khan Menon for his comment on the December 30 parliamentary polls. 

Menon, who was elected a lawmaker from Dhaka-8 constituency with boat symbol, the electoral symbol of Awami League, said on Saturday that people could not cast their votes in the 11th parliamentary elections.

“Would he be able to raise this question if he were a minister?” Quader, also road transport and bridges minister, posed a question while briefing reporters at his secretariat office in the capital.

Menon, a top leader of the Awami Legaue-led 14-party alliance, was the social welfare minister in Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s previous cabinet.

He was dropped from the cabinet as the prime minister brought massive change in her cabinet to bring dynamism in the administration.

Quader said it is not clear yet whether Menon was misquoted or not.

“If he said that, then why did he tell this after a long time. The election was held long ago,” he said.

When asked whether Awami League would seek an explanation from him, the AL leader said, “We’ll tell the 14-party spokesperson, Mohammad Nasim, about Menon’s statement.”

Responding to another query, Quader warned that controversial leaders won’t get any place in the new committees of the party and its associate bodies.

“I don’t want to tell anything about changes in leadership. But, I want to say if any leader becomes controversial, he or she will not get any post in the new committees,” he said.

About BNP’s demand for release of its chairperson Khaleda Zia, the AL general secretary said, “Though it’s a matter of legal procedure, Bangladesh Nationalist Party is doing politics over her release in a bid to create a pressure on the government.”

“BNP leaders frequently talk about waging an anti-government movement  to free their chairperson from jail, but they are yet to start any movement in this regard,” he observed.

“Senior BNP leaders are telling that there is no alternative to movement for release of Khaleda Zia from jail. We’ll not create any obstacle in their movement. If people respond to their call, they can carry on their movement.”

About Juba League leadership, Quader said he has nothing to tell about the issue right now. The Jubo League council session will be held as per its constitution, he said.