Awami League general secretary Obaidul Quader on Saturday accused the Bangladesh Nationalist Party of spreading propaganda over use of Electronic Voting Machine in the upcoming Dhaka south and north city corporation elections.
‘The BNP is spreading such propaganda to make the polls questionable,’ he said at a press conference at the AL president’s Dhanmondi political office in the capital on Saturday morning.
The Awami League general secretary said all the polls held in the past with EVM system were free and fair and several BNP-nominated candidates also won in those elections.
Quader, also the road transport and bridges minister, expressed hope that the Awami League mayoral candidates who had a clean image would win in the polls as a mass wave had been created in their favour.
The AL general secretary said before any elections, BNP claimed that that their popularity was skyrocketing. ‘But after the polls, it is seen that they lose in the elections,’ he said.
Quader went on saying, ‘BNP sees daydream before elections…but their dream will be turned into a nightmare in this city polls’.
The minister said if BNP won in polls, they said the election was fair but when they suffered defeat, the party alleged that the polls were rigged. ‘It’s their old habit,’ he added.
Noting that the voting date on the day of Saraswati Puja on January 30 had created commotion among the Hindu community people, Quader hoped that the Election Commission would fix an acceptable date for the elections before or after the puja.
‘The Awami League or the government will have no objection if the election date is rescheduled,’ he said.
AL joint general secretary AFM Bahauddin Nasim, organising secretaries Mirza Azam, SM Kamal Hossain and Sakhawat Hossain Shafiq, relief and social welfare affairs secretary Sujit Ray Nondi, office secretary Biplob Barua, science and technology affairs secretary Abdus Sabur and deputy office secretary Sayem Khan were present at the press conference, among others.
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