Jatiya Oikyafront unity not to sustain: Quader

DHAKA, Oct 16, 2018 : Road Transport and Bridges Minister Obaidul Quader today said the unity forged recently by Jatiya Oikyafront involving BNP and several other parties will fail soon as it’s a fragile unity.

“Such unity would never sustain. Their unity is fragile and their efforts will go in vain soon,” he told reporters after visiting the newly constructed building of BRTA (Bangladesh Road Transport Authority) in city’s Banani area.

Quader, also the general secretary of Awami League, said the leaders of the unity left out the Juktafront from their Jatiya Oikyafront tactfully. Gonaforum President Dr Kamal Hossain had shut his door after inviting former president Dr AQM Badruddoza Chowdhury. Even, Dr Kamal left his home that time, he added.

About Dr Kamal, the ruling party leader said he (Kamal) formed his own party ‘Ganoforum’ after leaving Awami League. “He thought that thousands of people would join his party. But the countrymen didn’t give any response to him. Dr Kamal is isolated from the people,” he added.

Quader said Tarique Rahman is now the acting chairman of BNP and he will operate the Oikyafront from London. “Dr Kamal made the unity after accepting his (Tarique) leadership to topple Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina,” he added.

The minister said, “His (Dr Kamal) aim is not to go in power. His aim is toppling the Sheikh Hasina government. Therefore, he has no objection to accept the leadership of Tarique Rahman.”

Regarding a note of decent of Election Commissioner Mahbub Talukder, Quader said the President formed the Election Commission through a ‘Search Committee’. He (President) had sought lists of names from the political parties. As per the lists, Mahbub Talukder was nominated as EC from BNP. The EC could take a decision on the basis of majority, he added.

He said, “The EC can take a decision as per the majority and this is the beauty of inner democracy. Any member has the right to disagree to other’s decision. His (Mahmub) note of decent will not create any bar on holding the forthcoming national polls.”

About the AL’s alliance centering the polls, Quader said, “We need to wait more. The working committee will take a decision to this end. None can say about the alliance without the decision of the committee. ”

He said, “We have no headache about BNP or any other unity. The politics of BNP is narrowing day by day.”

The minister said Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina will inaugurate the newly constructed BRTA Bhaban and Sarak Bhaban after returning from Saudi Arabia.

BRTA Chairman Moshiar Rahman and senior officials of the ministry accompanied him.