Road Transport and Bridges Minister Obaidul Quader has said that the BNP leaders have been lashing out at the government for trying to question the goodwill of the President over the formation of the Election Commission. He made the remarks in a press release sent to the media on Thursday (December 23rd).
He said the constitutional and democratic process of forming a neutral and strong election commission has already started through dialogue with the political parties at the initiative of the President. The BNP leaders have been traditionally lashing out at the government for trying to question the goodwill of the President.
“If there is no neutral government at the time of elections, that election will never be free and fair.” In response to the statement of BNP Secretary General Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir, the Awami League General Secretary said, “We all know that the Election Commission is a constitutionally independent institution.” It is the sole responsibility of the Election Commission to conduct the election and to ensure its smooth conduct.
He said that during the election, all the administrative arrangements including law and order forces are vested in the Election Commission and they perform their duties as per the instructions of the Election Commission. Elections are not held under the government. Elections are held under the Election Commission. The government only cooperates with the Election Commission in this case.
The Road Transport Minister said the government led by Bangabandhu’s daughter Sheikh Hasina would sincerely support the President’s initiative to form a neutral and strong election commission.
He said BNP leaders are talking about neutrality, but in their view, what is the standard of neutrality? Proof of this they have repeatedly shown since coming to power. The BNP leader once said, “No one in the country is neutral except children and lunatics!”
Obaidul Quader said that the main obstacle to a fair election is the certainty of winning the election by any means and the mentality of the people to seize power through the back door.
He said that since the birth of the BNP, dictatorship and democracy are all equal to them in the question of political power to seize power. The Bivore BNP has never had, and never will have, confidence in any meaningful and beneficial way of democracy, public opinion, elections and politics in this country.
The bridge minister said the Awami League was determined to establish a state system based on democratic values inspired by the spirit of the great liberation war and always respected the views of the people expressed through the democratic process. The people are the source of power of Awami League.
He called upon all the political parties registered in the dialogue with the President to play a responsible role in strengthening the ongoing democratic system of the country. The present government is working to make that electoral system more democratic and modern. Hopefully, at a glorious time in the historic moment of Mujib’s year and the golden jubilee of independence, in the ongoing dialogue initiated by the President, the accountable democratic system will be more dynamic in the country.