Bangladesh Awami League General Secretary Obaidul Quader on Tuesday (Oct 3) reiterated that the next general elections would be held in a free and fair manner. "There will be free and fair elections. The country's people don't care about sanction and visa policy," he told a rally in Savar. Dhaka District unit of the Awami League arranged the peace and development rally at Aminbazar, local media reported.
Speaking as the chief guest, Quader said: "We are all right. We want peaceful elections... the days of intimidation are over now". He said BNP Secretary General Fakhrul Islam Alamgir has already softened his voice. If BNP somehow assumes the state power, it will establish the reign of looting and graft again, he added.
The Awami League general secretary said BNP will destroy the country's democracy and power sector if it comes to power. "They (BNP) will destroy the spirit of liberation war and will once again make Bangladesh the world champion in corruption if they come to power," he said.
Quader said BNP acting chairman Tarique Rahman had given undertaking that he would not do politics. Terming Tarique a coward, the Awami League general secretary asked him to come to Bangladesh if he has the courage.
Awami League presidium members Qamrul Islam and Jahangir Kabir Nanak, Awami League joint general secretary AFM Bahauddin Nasim and organising secretary Mirza Azam also spoke. State Minister for Disaster Management and Relief Dr Enamur Rahman, Dhaka District Awami League president Benazir Ahmed, MP, and its general secretary Paniruzzaman Tarun were, among others, present at the rally.