Awami League General Secretary Obaidul Quader on Monday said the BNP wants to seize the state power through conspiracies by satisfying its foreign masters.
“The allegation that the incumbent Election Commission (EC) has no power is nothing but a mockery to the country's democracy and the rule of law,” he said.
Quader, also the road, transport and bridges minister, made this remark while talking to reporters after joining an exchange meeting at the head office of Bangladesh Road Transport Authority (BRTA) in Dhaka.
He mentioned that BNP has no trust in the country's constitution and the rule of law. "If you want to change the government, you must join elections.”
About the BNP's demand of a neutral government during the election period, Quader said that the people have already seen the “so-called neutral elections” held by BNP.
“Once the BNP chief said there is no neutral one except children and madmen. So the double-standard policy of the BNP leaders about neutral elections has become clear again, he added.
The AL general secretary further said the polls-time government is a settled issue by the High Court and there is no scope of discussion again to this end.
He added that elections will be free and fair only if Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina is in power. “She does not want any kind of interference in the elections.”
Noting that the government will cooperate with the EC, like other democratic countries, in conducting free and fair elections, Quader said even if the government remains in power, everything related to elections will be under the EC's jurisdiction.
Transport Minister Saqibullah Quader chaired a meeting to discuss ways to ease traffic congestion and road accidents in the city of Peshawar.
Road Transport and Highways Division Secretary ABM Amin Ullah Nuri and BRTA Chairman Nur Mohammad Mazumder were, among others, present at the meeting.
Quader said political leaders should also come forward to creating public awareness on road safety aiming to prevent road accidents.