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BNP avoids polls out of fear: Quader

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  • 14 October, 2021 12:00 AM
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BNP avoids polls out of fear: Quader

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Awami League (AL) General Secretary Obaidul Quader on Wednesday alleged that Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) does not intend to take part in elections out of fear.

“Bangladesh Nationalist Party doesn’t want to participate in the elections as it is frightened of polls,” he said.

Quader, also the road transport and bridges minister, said this while replying to a question after inspecting the construction work of Jatrabari-Demra four-lane highway project in the capital.

The minister’s comments followed BNP Secretary General Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir’s remarks that the government will not find a way to escape if there is a fair poll. Quader said, “BNP’s attitude towards elections is suicidal. Such mindset is nothing but cheating the activists, supporters and voters. They are now paying the price for such recklessness and will have to pay in the future as well.”

During the 2008 general elections, BNP claimed that Awami League would not win 30 parliamentary seats, but ironically, BNP managed to gain only 30 seats in that election, he said.  The AL spokesperson said people would determine leadership through ballots and Sheikh Hasina has the courage to accept the mandate of people.

Talking about various allegations which arose over giving nomination in Union Parishad polls, Quader said they are carrying out an investigation in this regard. It will be corrected if the allegation is found to be true, said Quader.