Dhaka, Bangladesh
Wait your turn until next polls

Wait your turn until next polls

Quader quips on BNP plea for changeover

News Report Awami League General Secretary Obaidul Quader advised BNP to prepare for and wait its turn until the next parliamentary election as their political arch-rival threaten movement for change of power. After a lull on the political arena for the life-threatening covid-19 pandemic, the two sides are resuming political diatribes particularly centering around five upcoming parliamentary by-elections and a series of major incidents. “If you (BNP) want change of government, take preparation for the next general election instead of searching for any byway,” he said at a press conference on contemporary issues at his office at the secretariat. About BNP’s threat of waging a fresh movement for freeing party chairperson Begum Khaleda Zia from jail, Quader said BNP has been just shouting for movement for the last 10 years but in reality they could not even bring out a protest procession with 500 people on the street. “How BNP can hide that failure? The people also witnessed what the ability of the party is,” said the AL leader, also Road Transport and Bridges Minister. He said now no situation of movement is prevailing in the country and BNP has also no preparation either. Quader noted that Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina showed generosity by extending the suspension of Khaleda Zia’s jail sentences for six more months considering her age. "But it is not the outcome of BNP’s any movement rather it is Sheikh Hasina’s generosity and her humanitarian approach," he added. The AL general secretary questioned, “If BNP leaders stay inside air-conditioned rooms after calling for waging movement, how would the party workers wage the movement?” He said BNP’s call for waging movement is like ‘too much talk signifying nothing’. Turning to the coronavirus situation, the minister said according to experts, the country may witness a second wave of virus outbreak in the upcoming winter and, therefore, everyone should remain cautious at the highest level. He said many countries have already witnessed the second wave of the pandemic while now neighbouring India is reporting 90,000 to 100,000 positive cases on a daily basis. Under the circumstances, there is no way to neglect it, he said, urging all to wear facemask mandatorily and abide by the health guidelines properly. “A little bit of negligence can push our life into risk. We would have to keep moving the wheel of our life and living following health guidelines properly,” he added. With agency inputs

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