Bangladesh Awami League General Secretary and Road Transport and Bridges Minister Obaidul Quader today hoped that the Election Commission would reach an acceptable solution over Dhaka city polls showing respect to a religion.
“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 Jan 30 (on the day of elections). And it is under jurisdiction of the EC,” he told a press conference at Awami League President’s political office in the city’s Dhanmondi area after a meeting of the party’s secretary level meeting, local media reported.
Quader said BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir is spreading misleading information over the EVM use in the upcoming city elections.
“He (Fakhrul) himself was elected in a seat (in the general election) where the EVMs were used. A BNP candidate also won a municipality election in Bogura where voting was held using EVMs,” he said.
Awami League joint general secretaries Mahbubul Alam Hanif and A F M Bahauddin Nasim, organising secretaries Ahmad Hossain, B M 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, agriculture and cooperatives affairs secretary Faridunnahar Laily, office secretary Barrister Biplab Barua, science and technology affairs secretary Engineer Abdus Sabur, health affairs secretary Dr Rokeya Sultana and women affairs secretary Meher Afroz Chumki were, among others, present.