Awami League General Secretary and Road Transport and Bridges Minister Obaidul Quader on Friday said that his party has no objection if the Election Commission (EC) considered the deferment of the date of Dhaka north and south city corporation elections.
“The Awami League or the government has no objection to change the date of Dhaka city polls as Saraswati Puja (of Hindu community) will be held on January 30 (on the day of elections). And it is under the jurisdiction of the EC,” he said.
The Awami League leader said this at a press conference at AL President’s political office in the capital’s Dhanmondi area after a meeting of the party’s secretary-level meeting.
Quader said the EC has announced the election schedule. The government did not do any wrong in this regard. He expressed hope that the Commission EC would reach an acceptable solution over Dhaka city polls showing respect to religion.
Meanwhile, Quader urged the AL leaders who are contesting in the city elections as councillor candidates without the party’s consent to withdraw their candidature.
Replying to another query, the AL general secretary said the party central committee and advisory council members will pay homage to the mazar (Shrine) of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman in Tungipara on January 24 and will offer milad and doa there.
AL joint general secretaries Mahbubul Alam Hanif and AFM Bahauddin Nasim, organising secretaries Ahmad Hossain, BM Mujammel Haque, Mirza Azam, SM Kamal Hossain, advocate Afzal Hossain and Shakhwat Hossain Shafiq, cultural affairs secretary Ashim Kumar Ukil, publicity and publication secretary Dr Abdus Sobhan Golap, office secretary Barrister Biplab Barua, science and technology affairs secretary Engineer Abdus Sabur, health affairs secretary Dr Rokeya Sultana, women affairs secretary Meher Afroz Chumki and agriculture and cooperatives affairs secretary Faridunnahar Laily were, among others, present.