Awami League general secretary Obaidul Quader on Wednesday ruled out the possibility of snap polls and said the next national election will be held in the scheduled time as per the constitution.
The senior Awami League leader came up with the remark while talking to journalists at the secretariat in the morning.
“The Election Commission (EC) will fix the date of the polls. We hope that the next election will be held in December 2018,” Quader said.
When asked about the Dhaka North City Corporation (DNCC) by-polls, Obaidul Quader said Awami League is searching for a qualified candidate to contest in the polls.
“We are thinking about some potential candidates from inside and outside the party. We will nominate such a candidate who can complete the unfinished the tasks of former Mayor Annisul Haque,” Qauder, also the Road Transport and Bridges Minister said in the press meet.
Ditching the BNP allegation that the government is rushing to arrange the city corporation polls, Quader said the polls will be held within the next 90 days.
Quader said the BNP is making such allegations to find an excuse to not contest in the polls.
Asked about the Tuesday’s violent activities allegedly carried out by BNP activists in front of the Secretariat, Quader said BNP is resorting to violence after failing to launch movements.
He added that if the BNP takes the path of violence, the government will take proper action.
Quader mentioned that the government is not trying to keep BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia away from the next polls.
“The government has no such plan. You (Journalists) please ask the court as the court is dealing with the entire matter. The judiciary is absolutely independent. So the court will decide about Khaleda,” said Quader.
He added that the cases against Khaleda Zia were filed during the army-backed caretaker government and the Awami League has nothing to do with them.