Dhaka, Bangladesh
Next election as per constitution: Tofail

Next election as per constitution: Tofail

Bhola, Mar 13: Commerce Minister Tofail Ahmed on Tuesday said the dream for a polls-time supportive government will never be fulfilled as the next general election will be held under the current government as per the constitution, reports UNB. He came up with the remarks while addressing a rally organised by local Awami League at Ratanpur High School ground. "The next general election will be held under the present government, led by Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina. The interim government will do their daily work while the Election Commission will conduct the election. The next election will be held in a neutral and free manner," Tofail said. If anyone remains away from election, the government will have nothing to do, he said. About the river erosion in Bhola, the minister said the government has taken steps for stopping the river erosion and a project involving Tk 2,000 crore is underway. BSS adds: Food Minister Advocate Md Qamrul Islam said the next national election will be held in a free, fair and neutral manner as per the constitution under the present government. "The next national election will be held in due time. It is not an affair of Awami League to see who will take part in the polls or not. As per the constitution, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina will lead the poll-time government and assist the Election Commission (EC)," he said, addressing a memorial meeting on former AL General Secretary Abdul Jalil in the city. Bangabandhu Sangskritik Jote organized the meeting marking the death anniversary Abdul Jalil at the Jatiya Press Club here, said an official release. Qamrul urged the BNP to take preparations for participating in the next polls without exhausting energy for waging movements and said, "We want to see a free, fair and neutral election with the participation of all". Speaking on BNP Chairperson Begum Khaleda Zia's bail, the minister said she got bail from the court yesterday and it proves that the government has no interference on the judiciary. About Abdul Jalil, the minister said, was an activist-friendly leader. He used to love leaders and activists of the party as well as the country and its people, he added. Adviser of the organisation Chitta Ranjan Das chaired the meeting that was addressed by AL Publicity and Publication Secretary Dr Hasan Mahmud, Advocate Talukder Md Younus and film actress Natun, among others.

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