M Humayun Kabir of DOT
The newly formed alliance – Jatiya Oikyafront – could not create any stir among the people, said Road Transport and Bridges Minister and Awami League General Secretary Obaidul Quader yesterday.
‘Veteran leaders joined the Oikyafront’s rally in Sylhet, but they could not create any stir among the people,’ he told newsmen after visiting the progress of metro-rail project at Diabari area of Uttara in the city, reports BSS.
The minister said those who cannot win in movement would not be able to win the election.
Terming Oikyafront’s seven-point demand as illogical, Quader said none of the demands will be met.
When asked about bringing back reformist leaders in BNP, Quader said it has proved political bankruptcy of BNP.
The notion is ridiculous that the reformists will strengthen the BNP’s movement, he said.
Quader said BNP Secretary General Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir was reformist himself and it is natural that he would be sympathetic to the reformists.
The poll-time government will perform its duty like in other parliamentary democratic countries, he said.
After announcement of the polls schedule, the government cannot take any major decision and it will perform only the routine works, he added.
The works of the metro-rail project will be completed in two phases, the minister said.
The first phase works of the project from Uttara to Agargaon will end by December in 2019 while the second phase works by December in 2020, he added.
On completion of the project, around 60,000 passengers will travel per hour and around 5 lakh passengers per day by metro-rail.