Road Transport and Bridges Minister Obaidul Quader, also the Awami League General Secretary, Thursday said BNP men lodged the writ petitions against DNCC by-polls but they (BNP) are now blaming Awami League for the High Court's stay order, reports BSS.
"Awami League wanted to see a good start from a good result in Dhaka North City Corporation (DNCC) polls. . . But BNP men filed writ petitions with the High court that subsequently passed a stay order on it", the minister told journalists while witnessing the activities of Four-Lane Road in Begumganj here.
Jahangir Alom, chairman of Beraid Union Parishad, and Ataur Rahman, chairman of Bhatara Union Parishad, filed the two writ petitions with the HC seeking its directives to stay the mayoral polls on Tuesday.
The HC also questioned the legality of the schedule of the DNCC mayoral by-polls and the elections to 18 new wards under the city corporation on February 26.
Besides, it issued two rules asking the authorities concerned of the Election Commission and the government to explain in four weeks why the schedule should not be declared illegal.
Refuting the allegation that writ petitioners are the agents of the government, the senior AL leader said, "Our mayoral candidate holds a clean image and has also huge acceptances among the voters, so we are not afraid of the BNP-blessed candidate also found involved in Panama Papers scam."
Due to writ petitions AL lost its possible winning candidate in the DNCC mayoral race, Quader added.
Meanwhile, Awami League named businessman Atiqul Islam while BNP Tabith Awal for contesting the DNCC mayoral by-polls.
Chowmuhani municipality Mayor Akhter Hossain Faisal, Superintendent of Police (SP) Ellias Sharif, additional deputy commissioner (ADC) Uadyan Dewan, AL leader Nurul Amin Rumi and Begumganj upazila Jubo League convener Noor Hossain Masud, among others, accompanied the minister there.