BNP to deploy goons at every polling centres: Obaidul Quader

Awami League General Secretary Obaidul Quader on Thursday said Bangladesh Nationalist Party is hiring armed goons to create panic among the voters.

“Bangladesh Nationalist Party is also trying to deploy over 500 terrorists at every polling centre,” said Obaidul Quader, also Road Transport and Bridges Minister following a presidium meeting at its political office in Dhanmondi on Thursday.

He said that leaders and activists of Awami League would also protect every polling centre in order to ensure free and fair environment.

He also said that Bangladesh Nationalist Party is also plotting to make the city corporation polls controversial.

Responding to a question, Obaidul Quader underscored that, “lies and propaganda that BNP is spreading are completely misleading. They are trying to destroy the fair environment of the elections and question the election process through fear-mongering."

They are acting like delusional sailors, through the words and behaviour of the BNP leaders and their nominees, there is a direct incitement to the election environment, he further mentioned.

Obaidul Quader said that BNP is trying to question the fair environment of the elections. They hired tainted and identified terrorists to bring them to Dhaka.

He said BNP leaders were trying to create chaos without getting public support in the elections. “I learned that they would appoint 500 terrorists in each polling station.”

The Minister who is also Awami League general secretary said, "In two city corporation elections in Dhaka, we have nominated two candidates for their clean image. We hope our candidates will win.”

He said the BNP was propagating for fear of losing the election. The BNP does not want a fair election. Their election means theft of votes, fake votes and the occupation of the centres.

Obaidul Quader urged the Election Commission to keep the election environment fair and to ensure that people can vote properly.

"We hope the Election Commission will take necessary measures to create opportunities for people to exercise their franchise," he said.

Awami League joint general secretary AFM Bahauddin Nakhim, organizing secretary Ahmed Hossain, BM Mozammel Haque, SM Kamal Hossain, Advocate Afzal Hossain, Sakhawat Hossain Shafiq, publicity and publishing secretary Dr Abdus Sobhan Golap, Barrister Biplob Barua, Secretary of the Department, Education and Human Secretary Shamsunnahar Champa, Deputy Secretary, Sayem Khan, were present at the meeting.