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Country to be ruined with BNP in power: Quader

  • Special Correspondent
  • 30 October, 2022 12:00 AM
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Awami League General Secretary Obaidul Quader on Saturday said the country will be ruined if Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) returns to power.

“There was no forex reserve when BNP was in power. They ate up the reserves and destroyed the spirit of the Liberation War. If they return to power again, they’ll swallow up the country,” he said while addressing a human sea at Agargaon in the capital.

In an apparent attempt to counter BNP’s ongoing rallies in divisional headquarters across the country, the ruling party staged its first showdown in the capital in the name of the council session of its Dhaka district chapter.

Thousands of people from different parts of Dhaka district attended the rally amid festivity.

Quader, also road transport and bridges minister, urged the country’s people to remain alert to BNP. “The well-off section of people hangs signboards in their houses telling people to beware of dogs. We’re saying ‘beware of BNP’,” he said.

He said if BNP returns to power, they will rig votes and kill people again.

The AL spokesperson also claimed that people are not with BNP. “We’ve received information that money is coming from Dubai. Action will be taken in this regard,” he said.

He said nobody will be able to defeat AL, if it remains united.

Comparing their programme with BNP's rally held in Rangpur, Quader urged BNP Secretary General Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir to observe how many people joined the ruling party’s event. “They (BNP) are holding a programme in Rangpur. I urge you (Fakhrul) to have a glimpse of the Dhaka’s picture,” he said.     He said AL President and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina will join a rally at Polo Ground in Chattogram in December. “Some one million people are expected to join the rally. There’ll be a game against vote rigging and corruption,” he said.

The AL general secretary said the name of most successful statesman of Bangladesh is Sheikh Hasina. “Sheikh Hasina is the most of successful diplomat and courageous leader. She is our crisis manager,” he said.   

About BNP’s demand for restoring the caretaker government provision and threat to boycott the polls if the demand goes unheeded, he said the caretaker government system will not stage a comeback anymore in the country as it was annulled by the Supreme Court. 

He expressed the hope that BNP will participate in the next general election when time comes.

Senior AL leaders, including Abdur Razzaque, Jahangir Kabir Nanak, Dipu Moni, Mirza Azam, Delwar Hossain, Meher Afroz Chumki, Ziaul Kabir Kawser and Sanjida Khanam, attended the rally.