Govt, AL won’t interfere in NCC polls: Quader

DHAKA, Dec 19, 2016 (BSS) - Awami League General Secretary and Road

Transport and Bridges Minister Obaidul Quader today said neither the

government nor Awami League will interfere in the upcoming Narayanganj City Corporation (NCC) election.

"Very peaceful atmosphere is prevailing in Narayanganj on the eve of city corporation polls. People of Narayanganj city will vote by their choices. Incumbent government or Awami League will not interfere in the polls," he told a closing ceremony of a three-day cultural festival at Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University (BSMMU) auditorium here.

Quader said BNP has old habit of losing before election. "You will see from tomorrow that BNP will begin practicing their old habits by saying that vote is being rigged. They (BNP) have now become an 'objection party'," he added.

He said that BNP is suffering for their old mistakes, and added taking up decision timely is very crucial in any work.

"Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina urged BNP to take part in January 5

election (in 2014). But the party did not respond to the call as they could not take right decision timely. So that they are suffering now for their mistakes," he said adding that BNP very roughly had boycotted the Prime Minister's invitation.

"If they did not boycott the invention, the country's history of

democracy could have been written differently. Now they (BNP) could have existence in the parliament," the minister said.

Quader hoped BNP will not make mistake in the next general election and they will take part in it.

About the BNP's meeting with President Abdul Hamid on issue of

constituting search committee for Election Commission, the Awami League General Secretary said BNP is very happy after taking part in dialogue with the President.

"They became happy in the past too. But after the formation of 'search committee', their happiness did not exist;" he said adding that "Let us see, now how long their happiness exist?"

Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (BSS)