AL wants peaceful polls: Quader

Awami League (AL) General Secretary Obaidul Quader on Sunday said the ruling party wants a peaceful election, so it will not tolerate any kind of anti-poll violence.

“Actions will be taken against those found guilty,” he told a press conference at AL President’s Dhanmondi political office here this afternoon.

Quader, also the road transport and bridges minister, said the AL will not favour any particular party or independent candidates.

The AL will support the measures taken by the Election Commission (EC) if there is any anti-election violence. If anyone violates the electoral code of conduct or laws, he/she should be brought to justice, he added.

Mentioning that a festive atmosphere is prevailing across the country centering the upcoming general elections, the AL general secretary said talks are continuing everywhere over the polls.


“We want peaceful elections free from violence. Our leader (AL president) is saying it time and again. If an AL candidate or any candidate’s followers get involved in violence, we support the EC’s legal action.

We don’t have anything to say if someone’s candidature is cancelled for rational reasons. The EC is independent,” he said.

Claiming that the BNP leaders will lose all things if they follow the directives of BNP acting chairman and fugitive convict Tarique Rahman, Quader said Tarique has called a peculiar movement with remote control staying in London.

“If you have the courage, why don’t you return home? There will be no Khomeini-style revolution in Bangladesh. Either you (Tarique) have to come to the streets or stay in jail. There will be no movement by staying abroad,” he said.

About the BNP’s non-cooperation movement, he said they (BNP leaders) threatened that they would not pay tax and utility bill.