Road Transport and Bridges Minister Obaidul Quader on Saturday said the demand by opposition parties for dialogue centring election is absolutely ‘ridiculous’.
“The demand for dialogue regarding the election is absolutely ridiculous,” said the Awami League general secretary.
He made the statement after his inspection of BRTA (Bangladesh Road Transport Authority) mobile court activities at Dhaka’s Manik Mia Avenue Saturday morning.
There is no logic or necessity in holding such dialogue right now when there has been no controversy regarding the vote when even the democratic world has backed us up, he added.
“The people making these allegations are the opposition political parties who have lost in the election. You can ask the general people…. they are delighted as they were able to vote freely for their preferred candidates,” he said.
He claimed that the opposition parties were making these allegations just to keep their activists energized.
Regarding BRTA’s drives, Quader said: “BRTA’s drive was postponed because of the election, leading to the increase in irregularities. Today [Saturday], in just two hours, some Tk98,000 were imposed as fines, eight cars were impounded, three people imprisoned, and 42 cases were filed.
Changes cannot be made overnight. It is essential that we change our mentality. The public sometimes becomes careless while crossing roads. They try to cross the road while traffic is moving which can lead to an accident, he added.
“Therefore, I want everyone’s cooperation to build awareness among people regarding this matter,” the minister added.