Chattogram City Polls held peacefully: Quader
Published: 07:26 PM, 27 January 2021
Road Transport and Bridges Minister Obaidul Quader
Commenting Chattogram City Corporation (CCC) polls have been held peacefully Road Transport and Bridges Minister Obaidul Quader said, "Voters have voted for the candidate of their choice by thwarting the BNP's efforts to thwart the elections."
The bridge minister said this at a press conference after the CCC polls from his official residence on Wednesday.
Obaidul Quader said the turnout at the polling stations was satisfactory despite fears over the Coronavirus epidemic. Voter turnout was slightly lower than expected due to non-announcement of public holidays and closure of public transport.
Thanking the Election Commission for holding free-fair and peaceful elections, Obaidul Quader said the people of the metropolis never support the BNP in the Chattogram City Corporation elections. Even when they were in power, the Awami League-backed mayoral candidate won.
The Awami League General Secretary greeted and congratulated all the voters, the general public and all those involved in the election.
He said the BNP-backed ward councilor candidate had chosen the path of violence through terrorist activities, including breaking the EVM machine and occupying the center, which had already spread through social media. As always, the BNP has tried to impose the responsibility on the Awami League leaders and workers by creating a situation to question the election by not participating in the polls.
He said that from the very beginning of this election, the leaders and activists including the BNP candidates did not get the same kind of facilities in the election field even during their tenure. They (BNP) have failed to provide agents in all the 735 centers and they do not have that organizational capacity. They have chosen the path of terrorism to cover up their weaknesses and divert the masses.
Obaidul Quader said that even though Manzur Alam was elected as BNP candidate only once in Chattogram, he was basically of Awami ideology politically. The BNP fielded Manzur Alam from the Awami League to win the election.