POST TIME: 12 September, 2018 12:23:31 AM / LAST MODIFIED: 12 September, 2018 11:50:13 AM
Poll-time govt in mid October
Says Obaidul Quader
Staff Reporter

Poll-time govt in mid October

Awami League (AL) general secretary Obaidul Quader yesterday said that the election-time government to oversee the upcoming general election due at the yearend would be formed in the middle of October. “The poll-time government will be formed by mid-October. Its size will be small and there will be no technocrat in it,” he added. The AL leader was talking to journalists at his Secretariat office in the city.

Quader, who is also the road transport and bridges minister, claimed that he had recently discussed the issue with Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina.

He also said the Jatiya Party (JP-Ershad) has requested the induction of one or two ministers from the party in the poll-time government, but it was up to Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina to decide how many leaders from the JP would be in the poll-time Cabinet.

About the ruling party’s nomination process, Quader said the party's nominations for the national election would be finalised next month. He also said the party president had given a “hint” to 60– 70 leaders to make preparations as they could be nominated.

To a query by reporters regarding the number of seats to be given to alliance partners, Quader said it could be 60 to 70. He also said the JP had announced its intention to compete separately outside the alliance if the BNP chose not to take part in the polls and contest them as part of the alliance if the BNP decided to contest.

He further said that the BNP was trying to create an issue over its chairperson Khaleda Zia's illness and maintained that

she could be treated at BSMMU, a specialised hospital. “The BNP couldn't do anything in the last 10 years. I believe it cannot do anything in the next two months,” he added. About the BNP’s call for national unity, the AL general secretary said no one would respond to the BNP’s call for national unity under its leadership as the people and other political parties were with the Awami League (AL).

Quader also alleged that a section of media was provoking various quarters to take the field ahead of the next polls in a bid to weaken the Sheikh Hasina administration.