DHAKA, Nov 26, 2013 (BSS) - Industries Minister Tofail Ahmed today said the parliamentary election must be held by January 24 and no movement would be able to stop it.
He was talking to journalists after a function to award accreditation certificates at the meeting room of the industries ministry in the city.
About acceptability of polls, if boycotted by the opposition, the minister said the acceptability of election will depend on voter turnout.
"The election will be acceptable, if the voters go to polling centers," he said and asserted that none would be able to stop the polls by uprooting railway lines and torching vehicles.
He urged the main opposition party to sit for talks and said the door for political dialogues is still open though the election commission bas announced the polls schedule.
Tofail Ahmed said the Election Commission had no alternative other than announcing the schedule, as they will have to complete voting by January 24 as per the constitution.
He said the opposition has shifted from its demand of caretaker government.
Now their main demand is removing the Prime Minister from her position. But there is no scope to remove her. According to the constitution, she can handover power only to an elected Prime Minister, he added.
Industries secretary Mohammad Mainuddin Abdullah, BSTI Director General Iqramul Haq and Bangladesh Accreditation Broad Director General Abu Abdullah were present at the function.