Next election to be competitive without BNP: Quader

Published: September 16, 2018 20:37:09 | Updated: September 19, 2018 17:26:18


Awami League General Secretary Obaidul Quader has said the next general election will be a competitive one even if BNP does not join it.

The road transport and bridges minister made the remarks while addressing the 22nd National Council of the Institution of Diploma Engineers Bangladesh (IDEB), reports UNB.

"We know there'll be no shortage of competitors this time even if BNP doesn't join the polls...all will get elected through contesting the polls," he said.

Quader also described the 5-point demand of Jatiya Oikya initiators as unconstitutional, unnecessary and irrelevant.

Quader said 11th parliamentary elections will be held as per the Constitution. "There's no scope to go beyond the Constitution."

As his attention was drawn to Jukta Front and Jatiya Oikya Prokriya's demand for dissolution of parliament before the polls, he said the national election will be held without dissolving parliament like neighbouring and other countries in the world.

About army deployment, the ruling party leader said, "We won't say the army won't be deployed in the next polls. If the situation demands, the army will be deployed. The government will take the decision on army deployment considering the practical situation and necessity if the Election Commission makes a request for it."

Quader turned down the demand for reconstituting the Election Commission as she thinks the current one is working independently. "Even, there's a BNP representative in it."

Quader said Suhrawardy Udyan will remain open for all the registered political parties for their programmes from now on as the Prime Minister has given an instruction in this regard.

"It's now open for all, and police will give permission if any party wants to use it for their programmes," he added.

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