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Awami League General Secretary Obaidul Quader on Thursday said BNP Secretary General Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir is losing control over the party leaders.
The situation inside BNP is a mess, the Awami League GS said while speaking at the party’s Dhanmondi office on Thursday afternoon.
Obaidul, also road transport and bridges minister, said: “BNP leaders could not file nominations due to their personal reasons. It is their internal matter”.
“As far as I know, two BNP leaders did not file nominations as they did not get the party ticket from their desired constituency. Mirza Abbas could not submit his nomination in due time. So, the election commission did not accept his nomination,” he said.
BNP cannot bring foul allegations, the daily quoted Obaidul as saying.
“We want a competitive election. We don’t want to contest election alone,” he said adding “Without Jamaat-e-Islami, BNP is not active”.
Obaidul Quader also said many BNP candidates for the upcoming Jatiya Sangsad elections were involved in militancy.
“Many of the BNP candidates are engaged in militancy,” he told the press conference.
“Isn’t Shakila Farjana, who has been given BNP ticket for the election, involved in militancy?” he asked.
Replying to a query on the harassment and repression on BNP nominated candidates throughout the country, the road transport and bridges minister said, “BNP has an old habit of throwing stones in the dark. They should come up with evidence. Otherwise, the Election Commission will take necessary action.”
He said the BNP is inactive without the Jamaat-e-Islami, adding, “Jamaat and BNP are interrelated. They are doing politics jointly and they were involved in the 2014attacks.”
The minister hoped that the next polls will be competitive with the participation of all political parties.
He said, “Jatiya Party has given nominations against 300 seats, but we will pick suitable candidates for the seats…”
AL leaders Ahmed Hossain, AFM Bbahauddin Nasim, BM Mozzammmel Haque, Engineer Abdus
Sobur and Barrister Biplob Barua, among others, were present.