Awami League Warns of Violence Ahead of BNPRally

Bangladesh's ruling party Awami League warns that opposition party BNP will carry out terrorist activities if AL leaders and workers do not stay in the field. AL General Secretary Obaidul Quader made the statement at a joint meeting, accusing BNP of fearing voters and trying to create disorder.

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Awami League Warns of Violence Ahead of BNPRally

Awami League Warns of Violence Ahead of BNPRally

Obaidul Quader, the general secretary of Bangladesh's ruling party Awami League (AL) and Road Transport and Bridges Minister, warned on Friday that if AL leaders and workers do not stay, field, terrorist, activities, the opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) will carry out terrorist activities in the name of holding rallies. Quader made this statement at a joint meeting of the AL at the party's Bangabandhu Avenue central office in the capital.

Why this matters: The warning of potential violence and terrorist activities highlights the fragile political climate in Bangladesh, which could have far-reaching consequences for regional stability and security. The ability of the ruling party to maintain order and prevent violence will be crucial in ensuring the country's democratic process remains intact.

Quader emphasized that "BNP's rally means arson attack, disorder, and bloodshed. So, if BNP is allowed to carry out their activities in the entire capital, it will put people's life and properties in danger." He urged AL leaders and workers to stay in the field to ensure people's safety, stating that AL does not give any counter programs, but rather focuses on protecting the people.

The Awami League general secretary accused the BNP of fearing voters and not participating in elections, adding that there is no logical ground for their demands over the polls. He claimed that the BNP is making evil attempts to create disorder and carry out news activities in the country after failing to wage a movement and thwart the polls.

Regarding the recent upazila elections, Quader noted that there is a conspiracy and urged AL leaders and workers to remain alert and not engage in any conflict. He questioned whether any election was held in a peaceful manner without any casualty during the BNP's regime, highlighting that the first phase of the 6th upazila parishad elections were held peacefully with no reports of conflict.

Quader rejected the BNP's call for boycotting polls, stating that many leaders of the party took part in the upazila parishad elections. He claimed that nobody listens to anyone's command in the BNP, and that the party has become frustrated internally.

In response to BNP leader Gayeshwar Chandra Roy's comment that AL stays in power by appeasing the neighboring country, not the people of Bangladesh, Quader said, "India is our neighboring country and a tested friend. They didn't interfere in our elections. Awami League stays in power with the strength of people, not by appeasing India, not at the mercy of India."

The joint meeting was attended by several top AL leaders, including presidium members Abdur Razzaque, Mofazzal Hossain Chowdhury Maya, Qamrul Islam, and Jahangir Kabir Nanak. Quader's strong warning comes as political tensions rise in Bangladesh ahead of the BNP's planned rally in the capital city. The Awami League appears determined to maintain order and prevent any outbreak of violence.