DHAKA, Sept 8, 2018 : Awami League General Secretary Obaidul Quader today urged the countrymen to vote for ‘Boat’, the election symbol of Awami League, again to continue the ongoing development activities in the country.
“The party will nominate candidates considering the popularity of the aspirants. …I urge all to cast votes for ‘Boat’ again,” he said, addressing a street meeting in Tangail on the way to Nilphamari on a day-long tour.
A delegation of Awami League, led by Obaidul Quader, left Kamalapur Railway Station for Nilphamari by a train this morning, aiming to carry out campaigns in northern districts ahead of the forthcoming national polls.
The delegation members included AL joint general secretary Jahangir Kabir Nanak, publicity and publication secretary Dr Hasan Mahmud, organising secretaries Ahmad Hossain, Abu Sayed Al Mahmud Swapan, Khalid Mahmud Chowdhury, cultural secretary Ashim Kumar Ukil and Biplob Barua.
BSS Tangail correspondent reports: The train reached Gharinda Rail Station at 10.50 am.
A street rally was held at the station with Tangail district AL President and Zilla Parishad Chairman Fazlur Rahman Khan in the chair.
In the rally, Quader urged all not to become confused by BNP’s propaganda. “They are confusing the country’s people by spreading propaganda and rumours,” he added.
“You should remain alert against the propaganda of BNP. They are now hatching conspiracy to create anarchy like in 2014,” he warned.
He said the countrymen don’t want BNP’s misrule again.
Warning the party leaders, he said, “The party leaders who would betray the party or rebel against the party nomination will be expelled from the party instantly.”
Our Pabna correspondent said the train reached Muladuli Station at 1 pm. Then a street rally was held there with Land Minister Shamsur Rahman Sharif in the chair.
Addressing the rally, Quader, also the road transport and bridges minister, said BNP is now planning to create anarchy and resort to arson attacks after failing to wage movement.
“They (BNP) want to create an unstable situation across the country as they have failed to achieve the mandate of common people. The people of Bangladesh will protect their conspiracies.” he said.
Urging the party men to work in unison, the ruling party general secretary said, “You would have to work to project all development works of the government to the people.”
He said the present government under the dynamic leadership of Bangabandhu’s daughter Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has ensured the women empowerment. Awami League believes in the politics of development, he added.
Another rally was held at Natore with AL district unit president Professor Abdul Quddus, MP, in the chair.
Quader told the rally that his party will nominate the most popular leaders to contest in the next polls. “Awami League President Sheikh Hasina has the report on all activities of the party leaders…Five reports have been submitted so far,” he added.
The road transport minister said Awami League believes in positive politics while BNP is doing negative politics every time. The countrymen have rejected BNP as the country became champion five times during their regime, Quader added.
He said there is no reason for the people to vote for BNP again. They do only the politics of arson, looting and corruption, he said.
He said BNP could not wage any movement in the last 10 years and they will not be able to wage any movement in the next two months.
Later, the street rallies were held at Bogura, Joypurhat, Dinajpur and Nilphamari.
Talking to reporters at the Kamalapur Railway Station before his departure, Quader said the aim of the train journey is to reach the message of development works carried out by the AL government to the grassroots level and strengthen the party.
The organisational activities of the party will play an important role in making the grassroots people aware about the rumour politics of BNP and Jamaat, he said.
Quader, also the Road, Transport and Bridges minister said, “This journey is our election journey. The tour will continue. We’ll launch campaign on September 13.”
He said, “The upcoming election will be a competitive one and we’ve to take preparations considering this. If there’s any internal dispute, we’ve to resolve it. This campaign is to revitalize the grassroots leaders.”