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Nomination of Candidates for Local Polls

Punitive action if irregularities found: Quader

  • Staff Correspondent
  • 9 October, 2021 12:00 AM
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Awami League General Secretary Obaidul Quader on Friday warned grassroots leaders that punitive action will be taken if irregularities are found in selection of candidates for upcoming local body polls.  

“Punitive action will be taken against those who will send or have already sent names of controversial candidates to the centre. No irregularities will be tolerated in this regard,” he said.

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

The AL spokesperson came up with the remark as the Election Commission announced polls schedule for 848 UPs scheduled to be held on November 11. 

Meanwhile, by-election to Sirajganj-6 parliamentary constituency and elections to 10 municipalities will be held on November 2. Quader urged all leaders to send names of acceptable candidates to AL nomination board.

“Investigations are being conducted into irregularities in sending the names of the candidates. Punitive action will be taken as soon as evidence of irregularities is found,” he warned. The AL general secretary said those who contested in elections defying the party’s decision in the past will not get the party nomination for any polls at present and in future.

“The party men who will become rebel candidates this time will not get any post or position or party’s nomination in future,” he said.

About BNP Secretary General Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir’s allegation that plans are underway to turn Bangladesh into a ‘subservient’ state, Quader said the people of the country know it very well which party wants to see Bangladesh as a subservient state.

“Those who frequently make complaints to foreigners, who wait at the closed door of foreign embassies with flowers and sweets, who sought interventions of foreigners in the country’s internal issues, want to see Bangladesh as a subservient state,” he said.

“Sheikh Hasina has always been uncompromising about the matter of national interest. If she had supported the proposal to sell gas to foreigners by abandoning national interest, she could have come to power in 2001,” he added.

Mentioning that BNP is tarnishing the image of the country in global arena through their activities, Quader said Awami League is working to improve image of the country.

Talking about call of BNP’s movement, Quader said people will not respond to their call for movement this time also.

Replying to an allegation of BNP that the government wants to initiate one party rule in the country, Quader said BNP’s multiparty democracy is nothing but a farce.