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4 March, 2018 00:00 00 AM / LAST MODIFIED: 4 March, 2018 01:38:17 AM
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AL defends ‘vote seeking’ prime minister

The ruling Awami League yesterday rejected BNP’s objection to Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s “unilateral” election campaign in favour of “Nouka” (Boat) violating the electoral code of conduct. “Sheikh Hasina is not only the Prime Minister of the country, but also the president of the Bangladesh Awami League. As the AL president, she can seek votes for her party symbol. There has been no deviation of the law here,” AL general secretary Obaidul Quader told reporters.

Quader, also the road transport and bridges minister, made the statement after distributing leaflets among residents of the city’s New Market area. On Tuesday, BNP had written to the Election Commission (EC), objecting to Hasina’s “unilateral” election campaign in favour of her party at both home and abroad by expending public money.

The BNP letter described when and how the PM had sought votes for her party’s election symbol from the people at different rallies and from Bangladeshi expatriates during her tour to different countries.

The AL general secretary, however, dismissed the BNP charge. “As the EC is yet to announce the next general election schedule, an elected PM can go to the people and seek votes for her party,” he said.

Quader also asserted that AL would not succumb to any external pressure on the next general election slated for 2018. “We don’t care about any foreign prescription on the issue of holding the next polls as we shall follow the democratic processes of our own country. As per the Constitution, the next polls will be held under the incumbent government,” he added.

The ruling party meanwhile has made elaborate preparations for the grand success of its March 7 rally at Suhrawardy Udyan. The rally will mark the anniversary of the historic speech by the founding President of the country, Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, on that day in 1971.

The party has also lined up week-long programmes to commemorate the occasion from March 1, including the holding of rallies and processions at district, upazila, thana and union levels.

Quader said the March 7 rally will be an historic one. The AL president will give necessary directions to her party leaders and workers for the next general election, he added.

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