Awami League presidium member and former Home Minister Mohammad Nasim today said nothing would happen on October 25 whatever might the ultimatum of the opposition.
“I fail to understand as to why and on what reason there will be any untoward incident. We are in power up to January in accordance with the constitution. The election will be held under the Prime Minister and she will handover power to an elected Prime Minister,” he said.
Nasim said this while speaking as the chief guest at a discussion in the city.
Some leaders of BNP threatened recently that a tough anti-government movement would be launched from October 25 when the entire Dhaka city would be made dysfunctional.
Bangabandhu-O-Jatiya Char Neta Parishad organised the discussion on “Development and successes accomplished by the government” at the central office of Awami League (AL) at Bangabandhu Avenue in the capital.
Vice-president of the organisation Sirajul Islam chaired the discussion, also addressed, among others, by Dhaka City AL general secretary Mofazzal Hossain Chowdhury Maya (Bir Bikram),publicity secretary Abdul Huq Sabuj and Bangabandhu Juba Parishad president Masud Khan Babu.
Pointing at opposition leader Begum Khaleda Zia, Nasim said,”I want to tell you that you have taken wrong decisions over the past four years. Your advisers also came up with faulty advices. For this reason, you have failed in the movement. So, I want to say you that you will be unsuccessful again in your ultimatum of October 25.”
He said, “The next couple of months are very important for us. If people commit any mistake in choosing their candidates, the country will return to the misrule of the BNP-Jamaat regime again and our mother-sisters will have to remain captive at their homes.”
Nasim, also the spokesman of the Awami League-led 14-party alliance, said the upcoming parliamentary election would be held in accordance with the constitution.
“We have no scope to go beyond the constitution. Nearly 6,500 small and big elections were held under the government over the past four and a half years but no election could be branded anywhere as Magura or Mirpur-style poll. All the elections were fair. Then what is the problem in participating in the election under the government?” the senior AL leader posed a question to the opposition.
Pointing at his party leaders and workers, Nasim said, “The election- wind has began to blow in the country. So, there is no scope left for you to sit idle. You have to visit the doorsteps of the people highlighting to them the successes of the government and seeking votes for Awami League.”