Ongoing anti-graft drive will be intensified: Quader

DHAKA Road Transport and Bridges Minister Obaidul

Quader today said the ongoing drive against corruption will be strengthened

further to curb the ill-activity of corrupt persons, extortionists and casino

operators.

Wait for a while you will get the breaking news as the ongoing drive

against extortionists, casino operators and corruption will be intensified

further, he told journalists at a press conference on contemporary political

issues held at the ministry's conference room at the Secretariat here.

Regarding BNP chairperson Begum Khaleda Zia's bail, the minister said A

member of BNP came to me he told me that she (Begum Zia) would go abroad

if she is given bail.

He (BNP leader) requested me to inform the Prime Minister in this regard

and I did so. But, the court has the sole authority to grant bail as the

judiciary is independent. We do not have any dispute with Khaleda Zia. he

added.

Responding to the threat of the BNP's movement, the Awami League general

secretary said secretly they are seeking Begum Zia's bail to the government

but they are openly saying they will wage movement to release their leader

Khaleda Zia.

I want them to wage movement but I cannot see any step of them regarding

launching movement. Movement cannot be waged by sitting abroad. If BNP was

able to wage movement, then the movement would have been waged immediately

after the arrest of Khaleda. he said.

About the next AL conference, he said the party leaders would be selected

on the basis of their performance, adding that the transparency of the party

workers will be given the highest importance in the conference.

We will not make those people party leaders against whom people have

allegations and are involved in ill-activities and extortion. Our goal is to

hold a grassroots level conference.

Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (BSS)