Awami League General Secretary and Minister for Road Transport and Bridges Obaidul Quader said, local government elections strengthen the foundations of grassroots democracy and increase the chances of accountability and as a result development activities reach a marginal stage.
He made the remarks at a briefing at his office in the Secretariat on Tuesday (September 21).
Obaidul Quader said, Sheikh Hasina’s government has always attached importance to local government elections. Union and municipal elections were held peacefully yesterday (Monday). Public participation in union and municipal elections has increased, which is positive.
He said the government has been cooperating with the Election Commission to ensure fair and peaceful elections as per the constitution. Hopefully, the Election Commission will take more effective and drastic steps to maintain law and order in the next phase of elections.
The Awami League general secretary said, “Listening to the BNP, it seems that they are the only holders, carriers and protectors of democracy in the country.” They are the sole agents of democracy. The BNP has forgotten the past of killing democracy by itself, it has forgotten to create obstacles step by step in the ongoing progress of democracy under the leadership of Sheikh Hasina.
He said it was a clear duplicity of the BNP not to take part in the elections even though it spoke about the rights of the people and democracy. The secretary general of that party does not go to the parliament after being elected, but speaks about the rights of the people. From this it is understood that there is no similarity between their words and deeds.
The top leader of the Awami League said that due to the duality practiced by the BNP, the voters have lost confidence in their candidates. Realizing this, the BNP withdrew from the elections to avoid collapse, which in turn hampered the democratic process.
Obaidul Quader said that the BNP is now in a ‘trap of distrust’ due to the recklessness of the top leaders of the party and their excessive tactics against the government. So they are not able to get out of this trap. Although it wants to get out of this trap, the politics of negative and remote controlled remote control has plunged the BNP deeper into the crisis.
The Home Minister and Information Minister spoke about the outrage in the media about the issue of bank account summons against the journalist leaders. The Minister for Road Transport and Bridges hoped that Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina would look into the matter when she returned to the country. The Sheikh Hasina government believes in freedom of the media and free flow of information. Sheikh Hasina has always been by the side of the media and the concerned workers during the Coronation and other times and will continue to be so in the future as well.
He said the BNP regime was a dark time for the media. Numerous journalists were killed then, whose hands are stained with the blood of journalists, today they are weeping for journalists. The crocodile tears of the BNP are like the mourning of the son of a fish mother.