Dhaka, Bangladesh
Parliament won't sit after poll schedule

Parliament won't sit after poll schedule

Quader says, rejects BNP plea for govt's pre-poll exit

News Desk Road Transport and Bridges Minister Obaidul Quader on Wednesday said the next parliament elections of the country will be held like the way they are held in other democratic countries. There is no scope for going beyond the constitution. Quader said one more session will be held after the current parliament session. "There will be no JS session after the declaration of poll schedule. The ministers will do only their routine works after the declaration of the election schedule and there will be no responsibility of the lawmakers," he added. Quader said Awami League will give a befitting reply along with the countrymen if BNP tries to create violence centring the upcoming national polls. He said, "We will welcome any non-violent movement of the BNP and will face it politically…If they want to create anarchy in the name of movement, then we will resist it along with the common people." The ruling party general secretary said an overall movement is not possible by holding a hunger strike programme as it will need strength. BNP has no strength, he added. About BNP's demand on the resignation of prime minister ahead of the polls, Quader said such demands of BNP are ridiculous. "Who will take the charges, if Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina resigns?" he added. He said releasing BNP chief Begum Khaleda Zia is a matter of the court. "The government has no power in this regard. Earlier, the court granted her bails in 30 cases. She didn't get bails if the government interfered in the cases," the minister added. Quader said, "We will take decisions on all internal issues of the country and will not bow down to any unconstitutional pressure from outside." Meanwhile, Quader said the proposed Road Transport Act, 2018 will be placed before the Jatiya Sangsad (JS) on Sunday. "Later, the proposed act will be sent to a parliamentary standing committee. I hope, the act will be passed in the last session of parliament in October," he said, talking to the journalists after the 11th board meeting of Dhaka Road Transport Coordination Authority at Nagar Bhaban. About the decision of the board meeting, the minister said the Rajdhani Unnayan Kartripakkha (RAJUK) has allocated seven acres of land to construct a bus terminal in city's eastern area. "I hope, the construction of the bus terminal will be completed soon," he added. He directed the concerned authorities to stop digging of roads from Tongi to Joydebpur till the next parliament polls to alleviate the sufferings of the common people. Dr Enamur Rahman, MP, Nurul Mazid Mahmud Humayun, MP, Shagufta Yeasmin, MP, and senior officials concerned were present in the meeting. (Inputs taken from UNB)

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