|Published : 25 Nov 2016, 23:47:24|
BNP-Jamaat violence jeopardised democracy, says Quader
Awami League General Secretary and Road Transport and Bridges Minister Obaidul Quader on Friday said subversive activities, including arson attacks, by BNP-Jamaat in the name of movement during the last general election, pushed the country's democracy into jeopardy, reports BSS.
"Anti-liberation force BNP-Jamaat not only hatched conspiracy to kill bus drivers but also to destroy democracy through carrying out arson attacks," he told a discussion organised by Awami Motor Driver League in memory of Shaheed Nur Hossain at Institution of Engineers, Bangladesh (IEB) auditorium in the city Friday.
Quader said BNP made a mistake by not participating in the last general election and now they have to bear the consequences of their mistake.
"Like the reckless drivers, the BNP had killed innocent people and also jeopardised democracy," the Awami League general secrecy commented. The minister called upon the people to remain united under the leadership of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina to save democracy.
"Though the country's democracy has got rid of military rulers, it is not out of danger even now. The march towards institutionaliding democracy is not easy. All democratic forces should work together to make the march a success," he said.
About road accident and traffic gridlock, the Road Transport minister said: "We have to change our mindset to stop road accidents and traffic jam".
He attributed reckless driving, engaging the under-aged as drivers, jaywalking and lack of training on driving to road accidents.
Awami League Office Secretary Dr Abdus Sobhan Golap and Prime Minister's Assistant Private Secretary Saifuzzaman Shekhor addressed the function as special guests with Awami Motor Driver League President and Shaheed Nur Hossain's brother Ali Hossain in the chair.