No country's visa policy can have any influence on elections and democracy in Bangladesh, Awami League General Secretary Obaidul Quader said today.
"Awami League only cares about the people of the country. No country's visa policy can have any influence on elections and democracy in Bangladesh. The country's democracy will be determined by the people's opinions," he said in a statement on Sunday (24 September).
Quader, also the road transport and bridges minister, said, "People are the strength of Awami League. The people of the country will resist any kind of misdeed to obstruct the elections through domestic and foreign conspiracies."
The minister also said, "As usual, BNP leaders are trying to politicise their leader Khaleda Zia's treatment.
"BNP leaders should remember that they could not free Khaleda Zia through movement. Rather, due to the generosity of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, Khaleda Zia is still living in her own home and is able to receive treatment at the hospital of her choice even though she is a convict. BNP leaders should thank the prime minister."
Urging BNP leaders to prepare for the elections by avoiding conspiracies and creating political crises, Quader said, "BNP has to come out of the predicament of dividing the nation. If not, they will have to take the responsibility of destroying the democratic spirit and culture of the people of this country.
"Attempts to disrupt the election will be countered by any means necessary."