BNP a major obstacle to institutionalising democracy: Quader

Staff Correspondent

27 October, 2020 12:00 AM printer

Ruling Awami League General Secretary Obaidul Quader on Monday said that BNP’s evil politics has been a major hindrance to institutionalising democracy all over the country.

Cooperation is needed from everyone including the opposition parties to give democracy an institutional shape, he said.

Quader, also the road transport and bridges minister, said this while addressing a press conference virtually from his official residence on parliament premises in the capital.

In reaction to BNP’s demand that the government should resign and hold elections under a neutral administration, he said BNP is making an ill attempt to create chaos when the country is moving forward at an indomitable pace under the leadership of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina.

“Once, BNP has demanded that the government should step down. As they failed to achieve it, they tried to cash in on the road safety movement, quota system movement and now trying to capitalize on the anti-rape social movement, but all their efforts have gone in vain,” he said.

The minister urged the BNP to learn from their failure. “There is no need to raise the demand for the removal of the government, as the election will be held on time in line with the constitution,” he said.

Referring to a report by ‘Reporters without Borders’ on repression of journalists that over 50 journalists came under attack in three months in 2001 during the BNP’s rule, Quader said that BNP leaders have just engaged in paying lip service.