Come back to healthy politics

Quader urges BNP

Staff Correspondent

3 January, 2021 12:00 AM printer

Awami League (AL) General Secretary Obaidul Quader on Saturday called upon the Bangladesh Nationalist Party to return to the positive trend of politics in the New Year.

He was speaking at a view-exchange meeting with officials of Bangladesh Road Transport Authority (BRTA) via video conferencing from his official residence on parliament premises.

About BNP’s announcement to oust the government through mass movement in the New Year, Quader said the people now laugh at BNP’s announcement to launch movement as there is no issue of waging any movement across the country.

The Awami League government has already passed 12 years, he said and expressed doubt over BNP’s ability to orchestrate a movement.

Quader, also the road transport and bridges minister, said the interests of the country and the people are not getting priority in BNP’s political strategy, “So, I call upon you (BNP) to return to positive politics in the New Year.”

Turning to his own party, the AL general secretary said under the leadership of Sheikh Hasina, the party will be made more organized and smarter by strengthening its internal discipline.

He said new committees would be formed through councils at the district and city units whose tenures have expired.

Quader urged all concerned to be on alert for intrusion of controversial persons in the party leadership.

The party will continue extending cooperation to the government in implementing its electoral pledges, he added.

The minister said the government will give priority on bringing discipline in the roads and highways in the New Year and sought cooperation from stakeholders to this end.

He asked the authorities concerned to end the domination of brokers at BRTA. He also gave directives to stop plying of three-wheelers in highways and shut down those factories which manufacture such vehicles.

Quader reiterated his call for vehicle owners and workers to carry passengers on vehicles not more than their seating capacities. Action will be taken if any drivers violate the directives, he added.

Road Transport and Highways Division Secretary Md Nazrul Islam and BRTA Chairman Nur Mohammad Mazumder and officials concerned took part in the view-exchange meeting virtually.