BNP in fragile state, not voting system: Quader

Staff Correspondent

25 May, 2021 12:00 AM printer

Awami League General Secretary Obaidul Quader on Monday said Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) is in fragile condition, not the country’s electoral system.      

“It is BNP that has broken down, not the country’s polling system. The party has lost its interest in joining elections after repeated failures in recent polls,” he said.

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

The comment came up at the press briefing as BNP Secretary General Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir earlier alleged that the country’s electoral system has completely broken down.  

Mentioning that BNP is now blaming the government and the Election Commission (EC) due to its repeated failure to win elections and wage a movement, Quader said the EC is a constitutional body and it is working independently.

“BNP joins elections to make the EC and the elections questionable. Realising it, the country’s people have set their faces against the BNP,” he said.

Noting that nobody can break the BNP’s past records of vote rigging, he said now the party is raising question about the country’s electoral system.

About the Miraz Fakhrul’s allegation that conditional bail to journalist Rozina Islam was likely a ‘dictated’ court order, Quader said, “I want to know does he have any specific information to this end?”

He said by raising such imaginary allegation, BNP is not only making itself questionable but also is undermining the country’s independent judiciary.

The party was deliberately telling falsehood against the government but now it is criticising the judiciary, which is equivalent to contempt of court, said the AL general secretary.

About Mirza Fakhrul’s allegations about passport and foreign policy issues, he said, “It is unclear why he (Fakhrul) is making such allegations. There could be an intrigue behind his statements.”

Quader said passport is a travel document and identity, nothing else, and it has no relations with world geopolitics.

Now, e-passport is acceptable around the world, he added.