Bringing back party’s discipline a must: Quader

Ruling Bangladesh Awami League general secretary Obaidul Quader, also the Minister for Road Transport and Bridges Affairs, on Wednesday said, no committee of the party could be formed without any council and no committee could be abolished without central recommendation as well.

Besides, except the party’s central authority, nobody could suspend any of the party’s leaders of members, he said. Obaidul Quader made the statement at a press briefing after a joint meeting of the party was held at its central office at the capital’s Bangabandhu Avenue. The meeting was attended by the presidents and general secretaries of all the units in Dhaka Division.

At the briefing, Obaidul Quader said, “As part of a move of strengthening the party’s organisational capacity, councils of all the date expired committees will be started in full swing from the month of April. “Reformation of the party is a major instruction from party chief and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina”, said Obaidul Quader.

He said, “Bringing back the party’s discipline has become a must. There are many unit committees which have already been expired eight to ten years ago, but there are no full-fledged committees.    Talking about release of BNP Chairperson on bail or parole, Obaidul Quader said that the government or the ruling party have nothing to do with the imprisonment of BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia, who is serving a total of 17 years in jail in two corruption cases.

"We have many other programmes and activities. We have to work for our country and also for the party. I can’t keep on answering questions about Khaleda Zia. We have spoken a lot on the issue," he said in response to a question about Khaleda’s bail. "This is not a political case but a corruption case that she went to jail for. The court will decide on the issue. It is not in Sheikh Hasina’s or the Awami League’s hand to address it. Therefore, please do not embarrass me with the same question over and over again. I don’t want to answer the same question repeatedly."

The roads and bridges minister also addressed concerns over the impact of China’s coronavirus epidemic on the national economy. "The effect becomes universal when the global economy is affected for any reason. However, the coronavirus is yet to hit our economy. But we can’t rule out its effects on our economy if the crisis lingers on," said Quader.

According to the minister, the coronavirus crisis may also have an impact on the construction of the Padma Bridge. "At least 250 Chinese workers have gone home to celebrate the Lunar New Year. They haven’t returned yet. Three spans of the Padma Bridge have been put in place already and another will be installed tomorrow despite their absence," he said.

"But we may face difficulty if they don’t return from China in the next two-and-a-half months. But there won’t be any problem in the next two months.