Next general election would be held in line with the constitution in December and the Awami League-led government would not bow down to any political party or external force trying to coerce AL into abandoning its decision to stick to its commitment, said the party’s general secretary Obaidul Quader on Friday.
While addressing a press conference at AL president Sheikh Hasina’s office at Dhanmondi in Dhaka, Quader, following a meeting with the party’s central committee secretaries, said the government would not bring any change to the election timetable under any pressure from anyone, even if it was the United Nations and the United States, as the government had only two months in hands.
‘We will bow down only to the people of the country if they take to the streets against the government,’ Quader said.
Referring to BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir’s visit to the UN headquarters in New York and his attempt to meet UN secretary general Antonio Guterres, Quader ruled out any possibility of such a meeting as Guterres was in Ghana for days.
BNP had started depending on the foreign powers after they failed to wage any movement against the government in last ten years, Quader further said.
He criticised the BNP saying that they had appointed two lobbying firms in the US to exert pressure on the government for holding the next general election as per their demand.
Referring to the issue of forming national unity of BNP and some other political parties ahead of elections, Quader brushed aside probability of such a unity saying that the BNP leaders did not trust each other and it was quite tough for them to trust the outsiders.
The AL meeting finalised programmes to observe the birthday of party president Sheikh Hasina on September 28.
The PM would remain in the US on her birthday to attend the United Nations General Assembly meeting, Quader said.
The programmes would include a special prayer session of Muslims at Baitul Mokkaram National Mosque after the jumma prayers.
Believers of other religions would hold separate prayer sessions in their respective temples and prayer halls.
The party’s district, upazila and union branches would also hold such prayer sessions to mark the day, he added.
The party’s central and associated organisations would pay tribute to the country’s founding president, Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, by placing wreaths in his portrait in front of Bangabandhu Bhaban, where 100 rickshaws would be handed over to the poor.
Foods would be distributed among the poor at Azimpur in Dhaka.
The party would organise a discussion at Krishibid Institution at Farmgate at 3:00pm to mark the day.
Awami League joint general secretaries Mahbubul Alam Hanif and Jahangir Kabir Nanak, secretaries Habibur Rahman Siraj, Ahmad Hossain, Shamsunnahar Champa, Ashim Kumar Ukil, Afzal Husain, Baplab Barua and others attended the meeting.
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