In a press conference held at the AL president’s Dhanmondi political office, AL General Secretary Obaidul Quader emphasized the repercussions awaiting the Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) for abstaining from the 7 January national polls.
Quader highlighted the significance of BNP's absence in the polls, asserting that the party will inevitably face the consequences of its decision. He underscored this point, juxtaposing Bangladesh's democratic process with that of Pakistan's, pointing out the absence of a caretaker government system in most countries, unlike in Pakistan.
The AL general secretary further elaborated on the distinction between the two nations' democratic practices. While acknowledging imperfections in Bangladesh's democracy, Quader affirmed its commitment to fairness and transparency, despite the opposition's non-participation in the election process.
He drew attention to the scrutiny Bangladesh receives from foreign powers, particularly the Western world, contrasting it with the relatively muted response to Pakistan's electoral affairs. Quader highlighted the violence and irregularities observed in Pakistan's elections, juxtaposing them with the relatively peaceful conduct of Bangladesh's polls.
Quader addressed the AL's forthcoming special extended meeting, emphasizing the necessity of unity within the party for effective implementation of its election manifesto. He acknowledged the challenges faced during the previous general election, stressing the importance of resolving internal conflicts to maintain party cohesion.
Looking ahead, Quader emphasized the significance of unity among AL members, especially in the context of upcoming upazila, mayoral, and union parishad elections. The purpose of the special extended meeting is to foster an environment conducive to unity and collaboration among party members.
Responding to queries about BNP's leadership, Quader commented on the legal proceedings involving BNP Secretary General Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir, expressing optimism about his potential bail. He also addressed concerns regarding BNP Chairperson Begum Khaleda Zia's medical treatment abroad, emphasizing the need for formal applications and government recommendations for such endeavors.
In attendance at the press conference were AL organizing secretaries BM Mozammel Haque, Mirza Azam, Sujit Roy Nandi, cultural affairs secretary Asim Kumar Ukil, and other central and city AL leaders.