Poll-time government by mid-October: Quader

Staff Correspondent | Updated at 12:48am on September 12, 2018

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Awami League general secretary Obaidul Quader speaks to the press at the secretariat on Tuesday. New Age photo

Election-time government would probably be formed in mid-October, said Awami League general secretary Obaidul Quader on Tuesday.
He said the size of the government would be small while no one would come from outside like technocrats.
Addressing a news conference at the secretariat, Obaidul, also the road transport and bridges minister, said Jatiya Party had already placed a proposal to include some of its leaders in the poll-time cabinet.
JP also said that it would join the next parliamentary election only if the Bangladesh Nationalist Party took part in the election, he further said.
Quader claimed that Awami League was more organised and disciplined than it was in the past.
The party had taken actions and issued show cause notices to branches, including Barguna, Rajshahi, Dinajpur and Sylhet, asking the factions to explain the reasons that caused rivalry among them.
As per directions of the party president he sent those letters and notices by courier to answer these by next 15 days, he said.
About BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia’s treatment, Obaidul said she should be treated in a specialised hospital like Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University.
‘What she needs is medical treatment, but the hospital where the treatment would be administered should not be a concern,’ he added.
The minister held some newspapers and media houses responsible for keeping BNP in political field though the party had no programme for movement.
He said a section of media criticised his recent election campaign riding on Nilsagar Express.
But when BNP held rallies at Naya Paltan and in the front of the National Press Club, the media houses ran no new item on the rallies causing severe public suffering, he added.