The ruling Awami League has taken a move to tame the internal feud being alive across the country ahead of the upcoming parliamentary elections.
The party will summon the leaders of four districts at party president Sheikh Hasina’s political office at Dhanmondi in April to resolve the internal feud of the party.
“We will sit with the leaders of four districts where internal feud being alive in April in four days,” AL general secretary Obadul Quader told reporters on Wednesday after a meeting of the secretariat.
“The central body will sit with Chuadanga leaders on April 23, Jessore leaders on April 24, Satkhira leaders on April 25 and Nilphamari leaders on April 27,” he said.
The AL spokesperson said the party wants to see an inclusive parliamentary election in the country with the participation of all political parties, including Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP).
“We want to see an inclusive election with the participation of all parties. We hope that BNP will also take part in the polls,” Quader said.
Quader, also road transport and bridges minister, turned down BNP’s demand for holding next polls under an ‘helping government’ as there is no term of ‘helping government’ in the constitution.
“The next polls will be held as per the constitution,” he said.
The AL general secretary said the Election Commission will conduct the next polls and the government will just perform routine works during the polls.
About deployment of army during the national polls, he said the decision of army deployment will depend on the EC.
Hinting at an election commissioner who has been appointed from the list of BNP, he said, “BNP has a representative in the commission but there is none of the AL.”
Quader also termed BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir’s recent visit to flood-affected area ‘a political game’.
He alleged that BNP always tries to show excuse for their failures.
“They show excuse when face debacle in polls. They hadn’t shown any excuse about Comilla City Corporation polls as they achieved victory,” he added.
He said AL won Narayanganj polls as the party was united but faced debacle in Comilla as party leaders were not united.
The meeting also decided to send a team of AL, led by its joint secretary Mahbub-ul-Alam Hanif, to flood-affected Sunamganj and Netrakona districts today.
AL leaders Mahbub-ul-Alam Hanif, Ahmad Hossain, Khalid Mahmud Chowdhury, Abdus Sobhan Golap and Afzal Hossain, among others, were present.