Quader sees contradictions in BNP stance on EC

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Quader sees contradictions in BNP stance on EC
Published : 24 Jan 2018, 21:27:25
Quader sees contradictions in BNP stance on EC
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Road Transport and Bridges Minister and Awami League General Secretary Obaidul Quader on Wednesday said BNP is now making adverse comments about the Election Commission (EC) though the party had earlier recognized its neutrality.
"They (BNP) earlier acknowledged the neutrality of the Election Commission and expressed their trust in it but they are now making different remarks about the Election Commission," he told newsmen while visiting the activities of BRTA mobile court on Manik Miah Avenue here.
Quader said the EC has been formed through a search committee and it has BNP recommended names of its members too. 
About the next general election, the AL general secretary said the polls will be held like the elections held in other parliamentary democratic countries. The election-time government would perform only routine works without taking any important decision, he added.
Asked about the BNP's demand of election-time supportive government, Quader said the BNP leaders themselves actually do not know what type of election-time government they want.
"Sometimes they (BNP) demand a supportive government but at other times they want a neutral or a caretaker government. They are yet to clear what type of election-time government they actually want," he added.
The minister said a senior BNP leader sought a framework for election-time government from the Prime Minister. 
"As per the constitution, the Prime Minister will act as the head of the election-time government. Then how will she give framework of it?" he said.
In reply to the comments of BNP about the EC, Quader said, "The BNP candidate secured the third position in the Rangpur City Corporation election. Is it any shortcoming of the Election Commission?"
About Tuesday's incident on Dhaka University campus, the AL general secretary said the university authority should take actions against those whoever would be found guilty of the unexpected occurrence. 
The university authority would take actions if the leaders and workers of Bangladesh Chhatra League, the students wing of ruling AL, are found guilty of the incident, he said adding that those, who have stormed into the vice-chancellor's office by breaking the collapsible gate and its locks, should also be brought to justice.
The AL general secretary said the act of entering the VC office forcefully by breaking gates cannot be said a democratic movement.
Quader appreciated the media for broadcasting and publishing video footage and photographs of the incident.
About the activities of Bangladesh Road Transport Authority (BRTA) mobile courts, the minister said four courts are working to monitor the plying of unauthorized vehicles and automobiles without fitness, usage of meter at CNG-run auto rickshaws and usage of helmets by motorbike riders.
BRTA Chairman Mashiur Rahman and concerned officials were present on the occasion.-BSS

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