BNP is father of destroying democracy: Quader

DHAKA Awami League General Secretary Obaidul Quader today termed BNP as the father of destroying democracy, saying that the party (BNP) had killed the democracy in 2006 by making 1.23 crore fake voters.

BNP founder Ziaur Rahman had killed the democracy by being elected (president) through a referendum. BNP Chairperson Begum Khaleda Zia had killed the democracy in the Magura by-polls, he said while addressing a discussion in the city as the chief guest.

Dhaka city south and north units of Awami League (AL) organized the discussion marking the 'Victory Day of Democracy' commemorating the party's landslide win in the 11th parliamentary election held on December 30 last year.

Quader, also road transport and bridges minister, said the democracy had been trampled under the feet for 21 long years after the assassination of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman on August 15 in 1975.

Prime Minister and AL President Sheikh Hasina had restored the chained democracy in 1981, he said adding that Sheikh Hasina has been a harbinger of victory braving death risks many times.

Noting that democracy does not suit with BNP, the AL general secretary said BNP is today a failed party both in election and movement.

That's why today is a black day for them. But the AL becomes victorious bathing in the love of people. So, today is our victory day, he continued.

Urging the city AL leaders to evaluate the dedicated leaders before announcing the full-pledged committees and hence to create space for the good people in the party, Quader said there is no room for terrorists, corrupts, tender manipulators, extortionists and drug traders in the AL.

He said stern actions would be taken against BNP for the sake of public lives and properties if the party resorts to any anarchy in the name of movement.

Speaking about party nomination to the mayoral candidate for the Dhaka South City Corporation (DSCC) polls, the AL general secretary said incumbent DSCC Mayor Mohammad Sayeed Khokon has made some mistakes alongside successes.

But he (Khokon) is not a case of failure. We have, however, given the party nomination to comparatively more popular and clean-imaged candidates to ensure victory in the Dhaka south and north city corporations' elections, he continued.

Dhaka City South AL President Abu Ahmed Mannafi presided over the discussion addressed, among others, by AL Presidium Members Jahangir Kabir Nanak and Abdur Rahman, Joint General Secretaries Mahabubul Alam Hanif and AFM Bahauddin Nasim, AL Central Working Committee Members Mofazzal Hossain Chowhdury Maya and Advocate Qamrul Islam, Organizing Secretary Advocate Afzal Hossain, Publicity and Publication Secretary Dr Abdus Sobhan Golap and Office Secretary Barrister Biplop Barua.

Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (BSS)