Awami League Secretary General Obaidul Quader briefs the media at Suhrawardy Udyan in the capital on Friday over the party’s preparations on today’s rally. Photo: BD Post

Staff Correspondent
Awami League General Secretary and Road Transport and Bridges Minister Obaidul Quader today said BNP wants a ‘Jatiyatabadi’ Election Commission (EC) to win the next general polls.
“BNP wants a ‘Jatiyatabadi’ (pro-BNP) Election Commission. They want assurance of victory in the election…BNP is doing negative politics and not getting people’s response,” he told reporters after visiting the stage and the overall preparations of the mass reception to be accorded to Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina at Suhrawardy Udyan today.
The reception will be arranged for attaining the eligibility to graduate to a developing nation, launching Bangabandhu Satellite-I, Sheikh Hasina’s achievement of Global Women’s Leadership Award from US-based NGO Global Summit of Women and her receiving D. Litt from Kazi Nazrul University of India.
Housing and Public Works Minister Engineer Mosharraf Hossain, AL Organizing Secretaries Anamul Haque Shamim, Khalid Mahmud Chowdhury and AFM Bahauddin Nasim, Office Secretary Dr Abdus Sobhan Golap and Cultural Affairs Secretary Ashim Kumar Ukil, among others, accompanied the AL general secretary.
Quader said Awami League faced many odds in the political field in the past.
The party is in power for last nine years and the country is now a role model of development before the world under the dynamic leadership of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina.
“The AL is now strong in politics will come in power again,” he added. “It is the right of all political parties to take part in the election. If BNP doesn’t want to come in election, then what can we do? We want an election where all parties would take part.”
AL will ride the waves in next national polls
Due to unprecedented development of the country under the able leadership of prime-minister, Sheikh Hasina, AL will be riding the waves in the next general elections, said road, transport and bridges minister, Obaidul Quader.
The minister made the comment Friday to the media at a painting exhibition arranged to honour Prime Minister, Sheikh Hasina.
In politics the, tide follows an ebb and flow pattern. After the killing of Bangabandhu, AL were in ebb for 21 years; the same situation was noticed during BNP’s regime and when the caretaker government was in power, said the minister and added: “today, we are in power and have carried out development which is praised at home and abroad.”
Bangladesh has achieved such laudable records due to the leadership of Sheikh Hasina.
Once BNP was in flow, now
they are in ebb, I cannot say if
their present condition will change or not.
However, I feel that AL’s current flow will help them ride on top of the waves in the next election.
Talking about all party participation in the elections, he said: “we have never said we will not hold all party elections; taking part in national polls is the democratic right of a political entity.”
But AL won’t try to pull or convince anyone to participate in the election, came the unequivocal declaration from the veteran AL politician.

Dismissing the possibility of any pre-election dialogue with BNP, he asserted: “dialogue is not needed; there’s no impediment to holding the polls.”
No one can provide BNP the guarantee to win, he observed.