Municipal Elections

Work for party-backed candidates: Quader

Staff Correspondent

26 December, 2020 12:00 AM printer

Awami League General Secretary Obaidul Quader on Friday urged leaders and activists to work unitedly for party-backed candidates.

“Decision of Sheikh Hasina-led local body nomination board is final. So, you should go by the decision of the board and work unitedly for party-backed candidates,” he said. 

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

Urging all to remain alert to implement party decision, Quader said party President Sheikh Hasina is very strict about maintaining party discipline.

“Those who will rebel against the board decision won’t get party nomination. So, all will have to abide by directives of the party president unitedly,” he said.

“Party leaders and public representatives will be brought under scanner if anyone obstructs the implementation of party decision or provokes for breaching discipline,” he added.

Talking about ongoing cold wave at northern part of the country, Quader urged party leaders and activists to stand by people.

“It is Awami League’s tradition to stand by the people during disasters. So, all of you would stand beside the people,” he said.

Mentioning December 30 as the victory day of democracy, Quader said that the day will be observed across the country with maintaining health guidelines.

He said the country’s democracy is going ahead defying different odds.

“Democracy cannot be turned into a banyan tree in a single day. Rather it needs to pass a long way,” he said, adding that cooperation of all stakeholders is needed in the journey that began under the leadership of Sheikh Hasina to give an institutional shape to democracy.

He said all stakeholders, including opposition party, will have to play a responsible role to safeguard the democratic values.

The minister greeted members of Christian community all over the world on the occasion of Christmas Day.