Ruling Awami League general secretary Obaidul Quader on Wednesday warned that the government would give a ‘befitting reply’ if the Bangladesh Jamaat-e-Islami created anarchy in observing hartal.
Jamaat called dawn-to-dusk countrywide hartal for Thursday protesting at the arrest and subsequent remand of its senior leaders on Tuesday.
‘A “befitting reply” will be given if the hartal turns violent,’ Quader told reporters after visiting the ongoing metro rail work at Uttara in the capital.
Referring to the acts of violence after the January 5 election, the AL spokesperson said that no movement could be made successful creating violence.
Major opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party and its allies carried out countrywide violent activities before and after the January 5 election in 2014 to unseat the incumbent government, he alleged.
‘After the January 5 polls, no movement, which resorted to violence, was successful. Bangladesh Nationalist Party and its allies have been detached from the people,’ he said, claiming that there was no positive result of doing politics of violence.
Responding to a question as to whether the AL activists would remain on the street on the day of hartal, Quader said there was no need to do so.
‘The opposition parties do not have the capacity to run any movement. They will get a “befitting reply” if they carry out acts of violence,’ he warned, adding that the law enforcement agencies would not sit idle.
Responding to a question on the leave of chief justice SK Sinha, Quader said he was not a backboneless individual.
‘He would speak out if he was sent abroad forcefully,’ he said.
Quader, also road transport and bridges minister, said the work of metro rail project would be visible within six months.
He claimed 10 to 12 per cent progress in the work so far.
‘The incident at Holey Artisan hindered the progress of the work. The work is going on in a full swing. A team of Japan International Cooperation Agency is working on it,’ he said.
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