Awami League General Secretary Obaidul Quader said on Thursday the people boycotted BNP for its bearing with communal forces and negative politics.
“There is no record of winning polls after failing in movement in the country. The people boycotted BNP for its negativity and maintaining a strong link with communal forces,” he said.
Quader, also minister for road transport and bridges, was addressing a review meeting on the progress of first and second projects under the South Asia Sub-Regional Economic Cooperation (SASEC). He joined it through video conferencing from his official residence.
In reply to BNP Secretary General Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir’s remarks, he said BNP is trying to hide their failure by shifting liability to the government, election system, Election Commission and parliament.
Strong opposition party is very important for healthy parliamentary democracy and flourishing of democratic polity, he added.
He said BNP lawmakers are getting scope to talk in parliament regularly but the ruling party lawmakers do not get such opportunity every day.
The AL general secretary said the people did not cast their votes in favour of BNP in the national polls so that the number of its lawmakers is lesser, neither the government nor parliament is guilty of that.
The minister urged the concerned officials to make their best efforts from their respective positions to finish the ongoing project works quickly.
In continuation of development of 21 sub-regional road corridors in seven South Asian countries, a project has been taken to upgrade the 70-kilomtere national highway from Joydebpur to Elenga to a four-lane on priority basis, he added.