Size of cabinet to be smaller ahead of general election: Quader
Published : 21 Oct 2018, 20:48:50
Road Transport and Bridges Minister and Awami League (AL) General Secretary Obaidul Quader on Sunday said size of election time government will be smaller ahead of the upcoming parliamentary polls.
“After 15 to 20 days, election schedule will be announced. So, the size of cabinet will be smaller within few days,” he told a roundtable titled “Effective traffic management: key factor of development” at the Daffodil International University (DIU) in the city.
Election campaign will start through announcement of election schedule, he said adding, official activities of the government will be changed soon. “The Prime Minister will decide the size of the cabinet. Incumbent government will remain in power,” Quader added.
He said, “The newly-formed cabinet will perform routine works. We will not take any major decision during election time government.”
Rejecting demand of BNP Secretary General Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir about division of Election Commission (EC), AL General Secretary said the EC has been constituted with Chief Election Commissioner and other four election commissioners.
Differences of opinions among the election commissioners are beauty of democracy, he said election commission will not be divided, if one commissioner expresses different opinions.
Quader said the national Oikyafront is staging drama over permission of their rally to be held in Sylhet.
DIU Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Yusuf M Islam, Executive Director of Dhaka Transport Coordination Authority (DTCA) Khandakar Rakibur Rahman, Director General of Fire Service and Civil Defence Brigadier General Ali Ahmed, teachers and transport experts, among others addressed the roundtable.-BSS