Awami League general secretary Obaidul Quader on Tuesday ruled out the possibility of reaching any consensus with Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) over the next parliamentary polls.
“The court has awarded punishment to Khaleda Zia and granted her bail. The government has no role regarding the punishment or the bail.There has been no issue of reaching a consensus with BNP in this regard,” he said.
He also brushed aside media reports that the government reached a consensus with BNP regarding the polls.
Speculation about the consensus emerged following the High Court verdict that granted four-month interim bail to BNP chief Khaleda Zia on Monday.
Responding to a question on Khaleda Zia’s bail, Quader said they believe in the independence of judiciary.
He also criticised BNP for its happy mood after the bail. “It is really surprising that their mood fluctuates regarding the verdict of the court,” he said.
The AL general secretary said that BNP had been secretly taking preparations for the polls.
“BNP has been secretly taking preparations for the polls. We know the news of the grassroots. They have been continuing their election work and they do not face any problem in carrying out the work,” he told reporters after visiting the slum which was gutted in a devastating fire at Mirpur.
Quader, also road transport and bridges minister, said the government would provide all necessary assistance to the victims of the devastating fire that gutted several thousands shanties and injured four persons at the Mirpur slum.
“Over 100 tonnes of rice and Tk 10 lakh have been allocated as immediate assistance from the government. The deputy commissioner (DC) has been asked to list names of the victims as soon as possible to facilitate the rehabilitation activities,” he said.
Asked about the reason for the fire, he said investigation is underway as a three-member committee headed by Deputy Director of Fire Service and Civil Defence Debashish Bardhan was formed to probe the incident. The committee has been asked to complete the investigation within seven working days.
“The reasons will be unearthed soon,” he said.