Road transport and bridges minister Obaidul Quader on Thursday said that Bangladesh Nationalist Party’s dream for a ‘2001-like blueprint election’ would never be fulfilled.
Noting that the upcoming national election would be held with the participation of all political parties, he said that the Election Commission would be equipped with all the mechanism involving all stakeholders to hold a free, fair and acceptable election.
‘I hope that the BNP will participate in the next election. But, the election must be held in time in accordance with the constitution,’ Quader, also general secretary of ruling Awami League, told journalists after visiting the construction site of a Tk 100-crore Patiya Bypass Road project in Chittagong.
Referring to the recent India visit of some BNP leaders, he said that the visit had become fruitless as they visited India without any official invitation for lobbying and seeking blessing.
About the development of road communications, the road transport and bridges minister said that the construction of the four-lane Chittagong-Cox’s Bazar Road had been finalised after consultation with Japan International Cooperation Agency and the project was awaiting approval from the Executive Committee of National Economic Council.
Later, Quader attended the qul kwani of Sabura Khatun, mother of local lawmaker Shamsul Hoque Chowdhury, at village Shouvandondi in Patiya upazila.
Shipping minister Shajhajan Khan, Chittagong city mayor AJM Nasir Uddin and deputy commissioner of Chittgaong Mohammad Ilias Hossain were, among others, present on the occasion.
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