Published:  03:55 AM, 07 December 2017

Quader rules out snap poll

Ruling out the possibility of snap polls, Awami League general secretary Obaidul Quader said the next parliamentary election will be held in the scheduled time.

Quader came up with the remark while talking to journalists at the secretariat on Wednesday morning. "The Election Commission (EC) will fix the date of the polls. We hope that the next election will be held in December 2018," he said.

While asked about the by-polls of Dhaka North City Corporation, Quader, also the Road Transport and Bridges Minister said Awami League is looking for a qualified candidate to vie in the by-polls. "We are thinking about some potential candidates from inside and outside the party. We will nominate such a candidate who can complete the unfinished the tasks of former Mayor Annisul Haque," he added. 

Dismissing the allegation of BNP that the government is in a hurry to arrange the DNCC by-election, he said the polls will be held within next 90 days. BNP leaders are making this allegation as they are not ready to take  part in the election.

Asked about the yesterday's violent activities allegedly carried out by BNP activists in front of the Secretariat, Quader said "They (BNP) are heading towards violence after failing in waging a movement."

Replying to a query, he said if BNP takes the path of violence, the government will take proper action.The government doesn't have any play to keep BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia away of the next election, Quader said.

"The government has no such plan. You (Journalists) please ask the court as the court is dealing with the entire matter. The judiciary is absolutely independent. So the court will decide about Khaleda," said Quader.
The cases were lodged during the tenure of the caretaker government, said the minister adding "Awami League didn't file the cases against the BNP chairperson."

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