Communications Minister Obaidul Quader on Wednesday hoped that the opposition would respond positively to the Prime Minister’s call for holding a participatory election through a consensus after the 10th parliamentary elections.
“Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has proposed holding a fresh participatory election with all political parties through dialogue and consensus after the 10th parliamentary polls. We hope the opposition will respond to the Prime Minister’s call positively,” he said.
Quader, also the presidium member of the ruling Awami League, said this while addressing a press conference at AL president’s Dhanmondi office in the city.
“There’s no realistic and constitutional alternative to us without holding the January 5 polls for maintaining the non-communal state structure of Bangladesh,” the Awami League leader said.
Mentioning that the government led by Sheikh Hasina has broken all the past records in carrying out development works, Obaidul Quader said, “The International Monetary Fund published a report last week. Bangladesh has achieved a marked progress in growth rate apart from poverty alleviation and reducing discrimination as a populous and low-income country.”
Quader went on: “As a result, Bangladesh has been marching ahead with tremendous progress. So, Bangladesh has been introduced as a role model of middle-income country in the world.”
The minister underscored the need for working together to find a unique way to uphold the Liberation War spirit by facing poverty and resisting militancy.
“We urge all patriotic forces in the beginning of the new year to build the bridge of consensus breaking the walls of division,” he added.
Awami League joint general secretary Dipu Moni was, among others, present at the press conference.
Quader for oppn’s response to PM’s fresh polls offer