Awami League (AL) General Secretary and Road Transport and Bridges Minister Obaidul Quader on Thursday urged the BNP leaders to take part in elections shaking off the thought of the caretaker government.
"The elections will be held in the country like in other democratic countries across the globe. So, BNP leaders especially Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir should take down the ghost of the caretaker government from their heads and participate in the elections by following the simple path," he said.
The minister came up with the statement while addressing a function organised by Awami Swechchhasebak League at the auditorium of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University (BSMMU) here on the occasion of the 76th birthday of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, reports BSS.
During the polls, the government will conduct its routine duties, he said, adding that the Election Commission (EC) will have the main responsibility.
Besides, the law enforcement agencies of the government will also be under the Election Commission, he said.
"Who will run the country in the absence of a government? Should we give the country to your (BNP leaders) hands?" he questioned.
Quader further said that BNP leaders and workers will hold rallies at the divisional level and also observe the blockade programmes in December.
"A journalist asked if the previous blockade was not withdrawn by BNP, why they have to begin the blockade again. I request you (the journalists) to ask Fakhrul why they are doing these," he said.
About BNP's mass movement programme, he wanted to know the time of launching BNP's mass movement.
Issuing a warning to BNP, he said: "Come to the field. If you come with sticks then a befitting reply will be given. We cannot accept the national flag fastened with sticks. We will not accept insulting the national flag of Bangladesh."
He urged all AL men not to do any misdeed as if anyone does that the achievements of Sheikh Hasina will fade away.
"I would like to make it clear that those who commit crimes in the name of affiliated organisations of Awami League will not be spared. Success cannot fade because of the evil-doers," he added.
With acting President of Bangladesh Awami Swechasebak League Mesbaul Hossain Shachchu in the chair, the discussion was addressed, among others, by Awami League (AL) Joint General Secretary AFM Bahauddin Nasim, television and theatre personality Lucky Enam, Pediatrician Prof Dr Mohammod Shahidullah, BSMMU Pro Vice-Chancellor Professor Dr Saif Uddin Ahmed and General Secretary of the Awami Swechchhasebok League Afzalur Rahman Babu.
Later, gifts were given to the newborn babies, who were born in different hospitals in the city on September 28 on the occasion of the birthday of the premier.