Information and Broadcasting Minister and Awami League Joint General Secretary Dr Hasan Mahmud said that it was the separatist parties who were talking about boycotting the elections. Those whose politics depend on the people cannot talk like this about elections.
Joining online from Dhaka on Saturday evening, the minister was responding to a question from reporters after speaking as the chief guest at a check and clothing distribution function organized by the Rangunia branch of the Bangladesh Puja Udjapan Parishad at his Rangunia Upazila auditorium in his constituency Chittagong.
“The BNP will not go to the polls under this government. The government has called for a movement for the fall of the 20-party alliance,” he said. Hasan told reporters, “Several parties have fled the 20-party alliance that the BNP is claiming. Now, the number of party alliances in the 20-party alliance is a matter of examination. The BNP leaders are saying that they will agitate with all the parties, but the unity among them has been broken. ‘
Recalling the previous elections, Awami League joint general secretary Hasan Mahmud said, “Even before the 2016 elections, there was talk of boycott. In the end, they participated in the elections.” Those parties which have no grassroots base, they are talking about boycotting the elections. If the BNP is to survive as a people-oriented political party, then there is no alternative to participating in the elections.
“I hope the BNP will not go for a boycott of the elections with a suicide decision like in the past,” he said.
Earlier, in a speech given online at the Rangunia Upazila auditorium. Hasan Mahmud said there is no place for communal evil in independent Bangladesh under the leadership of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu. The government of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, daughter of Bangabandhu, believes that ‘religion belongs to everyone, festival belongs to everyone’. Therefore, Bangladesh today is a unique example of communal harmony in the world.
Uttam Kumar Sharma, Trustee, Hindu Religious Welfare Trust, presided over the function.
Cox’s Bazar District Parishad Chief Executive Officer Hillol Biswas, Rangunia Upazila Parishad Chairman Swajan Kumar Talukder, Rangunia Municipality Mayor Alhaj Shahjahan Sikder, Rangunia Upazila Executive Officer Md. Iftekhar Eunuch, Assistant Commissioner Bhumi Babu Rajib Chowdhury, Upazila Awami League General Secretary Alamum He spoke as a special guest on the occasion.