Awami League Dismisses BNP's Unrest Claims Ahead of US Official's Visit

Awami League General Secretary Obaidul Quader rejects BNP's concerns about potential unrest ahead of US Assistant Secretary of State Donald Lu's visit to Bangladesh. Quader accuses BNP of making false claims and having a history of corruption during their tenure.

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Awami League Dismisses BNP's Unrest Claims Ahead of US Official's Visit

Awami League Dismisses BNP's Unrest Claims Ahead of US Official's Visit

Awami League General Secretary Obaidul Quader has rejected the Bangladesh Nationalist Party's (BNP) concerns about potential unrest, citing remarks by US President Joe Biden, as US Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asian Affairs Donald Lu prepares to visit Dhaka. Quader stated that Lu's upcoming trip aims to strengthen relations between Bangladesh and the United States and follow up on Biden's congratulatory letter to Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on her reelection in the 12th national elections.

Why this matters: The visit of the US Assistant Secretary of State and the subsequent war of words between the ruling Awami League and opposition BNP have significant implications for Bangladesh's political stability and its relations with the international community. The outcome of this visit may influence the country's future trajectory, including its economic development and democratic governance.

Speaking at a press conference at AL President Sheikh Hasina's political office in Dhanmondi on May 13, 2024, Quader dismissed BNP's claims that the US will impose sanctions on Bangladesh. "Donald Lu is coming to take ahead the relations. He will talk to the government. But BNP is thinking absurd things that the US will again impose sanctions," Quader said. He accused BNP of being "perplexed" due to being boycotted by the people.

Quader also criticized comments by BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir suggesting that an "invisible force is running Bangladesh." He challenged Mirza Fakhrul to clarify which invisible force he was referring to. "BNP secretary general's press conference means crafty strategy to present fake information as true one," Quader said.

The Awami League leader accused BNP of having a history of making false claims and running the government through "invisible forces" during their own tenure. He cited the example of Hawa Bhaban, the former office of Tarique Rahman, who Quader called the "kingpin of corruption." Quader also mentioned the grenade attacks on August 21 and BNP's alleged involvement in corruption and food crises while in power.

Several other Awami League leaders were present at the press conference, including Mahbubul Alam Hanif, AFM Bahauddin Nasim, BM Mozammel Haque, Abu Sayeed Al Mahmud Swapan, Dr. Selim Mahmud, Asim Kumar Ukil, Aminul Islam Amin, Barrister Biplab Barua, and Sayem Khan. As Donald Lu's visit to Bangladesh approaches, the war of words between the ruling Awami League and opposition BNP over the state of the country's politics and governance continues to escalate.

Key Takeaways

  • Awami League General Secretary Obaidul Quader rejects BNP's concerns about potential unrest.
  • US Assistant Secretary of State Donald Lu to visit Dhaka to strengthen US-Bangladesh relations.
  • Quader cites US President Joe Biden's congratulatory letter to PM Sheikh Hasina as a positive sign.
  • BNP's Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir accused of spreading false information about "invisible forces" ruling Bangladesh.
  • The visit may impact Bangladesh's political stability, economic development, and democratic governance.