AL not involved in nomination rejections: Quader
Published : Tuesday, 4 December, 2018 at 12:00 AM Count : 479
Awami League General Secretary Obaidul Quader on Monday brushed aside the allegation of archrival BNP about the ruling party's involvement in turning down candidature of BNP aspirants.
He said they had nothing to do with it as it is the jurisdiction of the Election Commission as per the electoral laws and the EC maintained the High Court order blocking run for
office by convicts of over two year imprisonment in the cases of moral turpitude.
Quader said this at a press conference at the party president's political office in the capital's Dhanmondi.
The AL General Secretary put a question that if the government had influenced the process, why it would have scrapped nomination of its biggest alliance partner Jatiya Party's General Secretary ABM Ruhul Amin Howlader.
On Khaleda Zia's nomination cancellation, he said, the High Court order decided the fate of her.
Quader said the nomination of many of his party men were also rejected as per electoral laws and anticipating such rejection AL fielded two candidates in many seats.
"We assumed that Haji Selim's nomination will be rejected but he got through," he said, noting that they had no involvement in it.
In response to the BNP's allegation that the nominations of its candidates were rejected just to ensure AL win, Quader said they have no intention to win any lopsided polls.
"I learned from reliable sources that BNP's influential leader Moudud Ahmed's nomination paper had some flaws. I said that I'll be very sad if Moudud doesn't contest the election, as it won't be a competitive one. AL doesn't have such mentality," the ruling party General Secretary said.
He said, "Oli Ahmed phoned me and depicted some issues on the level playing field. I told him clearly that the administration, police and everyone are now under the EC's control.
"Even then, as the General Secretary of my party, I will try to ensure level playing field in your seat. I spoke to the administration of Oli's seat and told them we never want to contest the polls by creating a one-sided situation," Quader said.
The AL General Secretary said he expected the opponents will reconsider their threats to boycott the election for the sake of the country and its people.
"We don't want to be proud. Nobody should be proud," said Obaidul Quader.
AL Science and Technology Affairs Secretary Abdus Sabur and its Central Executive Committee members Mirza Azam, SM Kamal Hossain and Anwar Hossain were, among others, present.