Awami League General Secretary Obaidul Quader on Monday alleged that BNP wants to seize the state power through a conspiracy by satisfying its foreign masters.
The road transport and bridges minister made this remark while talking to reporters after joining an exchange meeting at the head office of Bangladesh Road Transport Authority (BRTA) in Dhaka, reports BSS.
Responding to an allegation of BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir that the incumbent election commission (EC) has no power, Quader said the statement Fakhrul made about an independent and constitutional institution is nothing but a mockery, all lawmakers and the constitution and the rule of law.
“In fact, the BNP has no trust in the country’s constitution and the rule of law,” he added.
Replying to another statement of Fakhrul, the AL general secretary said the BNP wanted to change the government but it did not join the polls.
“If you want to change the government, you must join elections. There is no scope of changing the government without elections,” he added.
About the BNP’s demand for a neutral government during the election period, Quader said the people have already seen the ‘so-called neutral elections’ held by BNP.
Once the BNP chief said there is no neutral one except children and madmen, so the double-standard policy of the BNP leaders about neutral elections has become clear again, he said.
The polls-time government is a settled issue by the High Court and there is no scope of discussion again to this end, the AL general secretary said.
He said elections will be free and fair only if Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina is in power. She does not want any kind of interference in the elections, he added.
Noting that the government will cooperate with the EC, like other democratic countries, in conducting free and fair elections, Quader said even if the government remains in power, everything related to elections will be under the EC’s jurisdiction.