BNP Secretary General Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir has congratulated Sheikh Hasina, who has been unanimously re-elected as president at the 20th Council of Awami Legue (AL), and Obaidul Quader, the newly elected general secretary of the party.
Fakhrul made the gesture at a programme in Dhaka's Segun Bagicha area minutes after Sheikh Hasina and Quader were elected president and general secretary of the party on Sunday evening.
He said: “BNP expects the newly elected leaders of AL bring back democracy and human rights to the country. AL is holding its council, making new record in lighting Dhaka using public electricity. But leaders of the party did not say anything over how the country’s people would get back their right to vote. BNP expected that Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina speak about dialogue with the opposition and how to come to terms with the opposition, but unfortunately, she said nothing about this. As a result, political crisis in the country continues to be uncertain. And this uncertainty might increase more.”
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JaPa President HM Ershad in a press statement has also congratulated Hasina and Quader. In the statement, Ershad said: “We expect the new leaders will work to strengthen the country’s democracy.”
Contacted, welcoming the newly-elected leaders of the ruling party, JaPa Secretary General Ruhul Amin Howlader told the Dhaka Tribune: “We welcome to re-elected president of AL Sheikh Hasina and newly elected general secretary Obaidul Quader. Now AL is a more mature political party comparing to previous time and the nation has more expectation to them for gain political goal.
“The nation will go to achieve develop country under led by AL, for that they should take positive decision for country” he said.
Meanwhile, in a press statement Jatiya Samajtantrik Dal (Jasod) president and secretary general Shirin Akther also welcomed Sheikh Hasina and Obaidul Quader.
She said, “We hope, the newly elected AL executive committee will work for making a more effective 14-party alliance and combating militant activities.”