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‘BNP afflicted with internal split’

  • Staff Correspondent
  • 12 October, 2021 12:00 AM
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‘BNP afflicted with internal split’

Awami League General Secretary Obaidul Quader on Monday said Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) is facing a crisis of internal split.

“BNP itself is facing a crisis of intraparty split as leaders are leaving the party. Even the 20-party clique has also been split as some elements have quitted the alliance,” he said. 

Quader, also the road transport and bridges minster, made the statement while addressing a council session of a unit of Dhaka North City Awami League at Mohammadpur in the capital. 

Mentioning that there is no internal democracy in BNP, Quader said he heard that the party is going to hold indoor councils to form committees instead of holding outdoor programmes. “There is no democracy in the BNP. How will they establish democracy in the country?” he asked.

Replying to Election Commissioner Mahbub Talukder’s comment that medical board will have to be formed to save Election Commission (EC), Quader said the main problem of the incumbent EC was Mahbub Talukder himself.

“Surprisingly, the way Mahbub Talukder is making political statements on behalf of a party, it seems that he is suffering from a complexity and difficult mental illness, not the Election Commission,” he said.

Mentioning that the mega projects including metro rail, Padma Multipurpose Bridge, Bus Rapid Transit, Bangabandhu Tunnel will be opened for traffic next year, Quader said Sheikh Hasina has set a historic trend in development.

“Some 10 more flyovers will be constructed in the country while four new mega projects will be inaugurated next year. Having such development activities of the Awami League, the people will give befitting reply to the BNP. Then they will not get any room for making criticism,” he said.

Calling upon party leaders not to give room to criminals, extortionists, land grabbers and drug traders in the AL’s committee, Quader said don’t drag bad people to raise your own ring.

“The bad guys are the cuckoos of spring. They will not stand by the party during tough time, only the dedicated and tested leaders will be in the field during the bad times. The more good people will come to Awami League, the more we will be stronger,” he said.

Dhaka North City AL’s Ward No 29 president M Salimullah Solu presided over the meeting while AL’s presidium member Jahangir Kabir Nanak, organising secretary Mirza Azam, Dhaka City AL’s president Sheikh Bazlur Rahman and its general secretary SM Mannan Kochi, among others, addressed it.