Update January 22, 2017

Dhaka 2-56 pm, 04-August, 2021

AL will face BNP’s movement over EC politically: Quader

Mirajul Moin Joy

Road transport and bridges minister Obaidul Quader

22 January 2017, Nirapad News: Awami League General Secretary and Road Transport and Bridges Minister Obaidul Quader yesterday said if BNP goes for a movement over the issue of constituting the new Election Commission, AL will face it politically.

“Unrealistic proposal won’t change anything as there is no scope or time to hold any more dialogue on constituting Election Commission,” he told newsmen while visiting the drive of Bangladesh Road Transport Authority (BRTA) on Manik Miah avenue here yesterday afternoon.

The minister said if BNP wants to wage movement, they can do that. “But if the movement becomes violent, we will take steps considering the situation,” he said.

Referring to BNP leader Barrister Moudud Ahmed’s remarks that if the President’s talks with BNP prove to be unsuccessful, they will wage a movement, Quader expressed his doubt about it.

“I have no knowledge of how BNP will go for a movement. BNP leaders call each other ‘agents’ of the government. If they have such doubts and lack of confidence in themselves how will they build a movement,” he said.

The Awami League general secretary said they do not see BNP’s movement or struggle for a long time. “I forgot when I saw Moudud Saheb took to the street. If he favours a movement, he can do it. We will face it politically,” he said.

Earlier, the minister asked BRTA chairman not to provide license for small vehicles before scrutiny.

“The quantity of providing licenses to small vehicles is increasing day by day which is very alarming. It creates unbearable traffic jam in the street,” he said.

The minister urged all to be cautious in using vehicles. “The tendency of using cars in every family should be minimized. BRTA law should be placed in parliament soon as the law is at final stage,” he said.

BRTA Chairman Mashiur Rahman and Director Nazmul Ahsan Majumdar were present on the occasion, among others.

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