20 Sep 2021, 17:53

Next election as per constitution: Quader 

  DHAKA, Sept 20, 2021 (BSS) - Awami League General Secretary Obaidul Quader 
today said the next general election will be held in line with the 
constitutional provisions.

  "The next national election will be held, as per the Constitution, in a 
neutral and peaceful atmosphere. The BNP has already started preparation to 
destroy the election and its environment" he told a press conference on 
temporary issues at his official residence here.

   Quader, also the road transport and bridges minister, said violating the 
country's laws, the BNP's nature is to make statements as its wishes, while 
the one dimensional philosophy of BNP is making its roots of political 
existence weakened day by day.

  In the last 13 years, the BNP's call to wage a movement did not bring any 
result and its current efforts also became failure, he added.
   Responding an allegation of BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam 
Alamgir, the AL general secretary said: "In fact, there is suspicion among 
people whether BNP leaders want treatment of their leader Begum Khaleda 
Zia...crocodiles tears do not match on their eyes as they could not bring a 
single procession demanding the release of their leader." 

  Considering her age and on health ground, the government suspended the 
punishment of Begum Zia for four times, he said, adding that Prime Minister 
Sheikh Hasina has shown this generosity and it was not her weakness. 

   Earlier, Quader joined a view-exchange meeting with the officials of 
Bangladesh Road Transport Cooperation (BRTC) through videoconferencing.

   Speaking at the meeting, he said the pressure of passengers on public 
transport has increased after lockdowns and considering the commuters' 
sufferings, circular bus service resumed in city's Uttara on September 16 

   Preparations are being taken to resume circular bus service in Dhanmondi 
area, he added.

   Instructing the BRTC officials to strengthen monitoring to check 
corruption in the corporation, the road transport and bridges minister said 
the Sheikh Hasina government has taken zero tolerance policy towards graft 
and that is why the BRTC must bring its glory back at any cost. 

   He said the BRTC turned into a den of corruption during the reign of the 
BNP-Jamaat government, he said. 

  Urging the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) to initiate probes against the 
corrupt BRTC officials, Quader said the government will not interfere if the 
national anti-graft agency launch probes against them.

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