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‘BNP joins UP polls in guise of independent candidates’

  • Staff Correspondent
  • 10 October, 2021 12:00 AM
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Awami League General Secretary Obaidul Quader on Saturday asked the Bangladesh Nationalist Party to show courage to participate in the Union Parishad polls directly.

“Bangladesh nationalist Party is taking part in the union parishad (UP) elections using the identity of independent candidates. If you have courage, take part in the polls visibly with party symbol after leaving the veil of independent identity,” he said while speaking at a regular press briefing at his official residence.

Quader said the people are happy with the development and achievements of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s government and that is why the masses won’t respond to the BNP’s call for movement.

BNP’s daydreaming of waging movement on a single-point demand for neutral polls-time government will also turn into a nightmare very soon, he said.

Pointing to BNP, he said there is no scope to go beyond the constitution for the next general elections. So, there will be no benefit in creating unnecessary chaos over the matter, he said.

About BNP Secretary General Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir’s remarks over Abrar murder, the AL general secretary said, “Can Mirza Fakhrul give a single instance of bringing their own party men to justice for their wrongdoings during their tenure?”

Referring to trials in different cases, the minister said Sheikh Hasina’s government carried out the trials for Bishwajit murder and Barguna’s Rifat killing.

None was spared because of party identity, Quader said, adding that the university administration took steps over Abrar killing while organizational steps were also taken.

The trial is now underway in the murder case, he said, adding that Sheikh Hasina’s government considers offenders as only offenders.

He said most of those accused in Abrar killing have identity of Chhatra League but none got escaped.

So, offenders whoever they are must be brought to justice, he said.

Quader said party identity cannot be a shield of anyone’s self-protection, Sheikh Hasina’s government has proven it again and again.