Awami League General Secretary and Road Transport and Bridges Minister Obaidul Quader has accused BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir of making falsehoods over the voter turnout in recent by-polls to six constituencies in the country.
"Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir has allegedly tried to confuse the nation by presenting false information about the attendance of voters in the by-polls to six seats held on February 1," Quader said in a statement on Friday.
Citing a calculation made by the BNP that the voter presence in the by-polls was not more than five percent, which was totally baseless and fabricated, said the ruling party leader.
Fakhrul made this 'shameless falsehood' aiming to gain heinous political interest, said Quader, adding "Over 25 per cent of voters in all the by-polls cast their votes ...even the voter attendance in Thakurgaon-3 by-polls was almost 45 per cent."
“The voters came to the polling stations and cast their votes even amid extreme cold weather, said the minister. As the by-polls were not related with the change of the government and that's why people were less interested to vote compared to the national elections,” he added.
“Usually, the attendance of voters definitely will increase in the national elections and cast their votes with due enthusiasm,” the road transport and bridges minister said.
Referring to graft cases unleashed by the BNP, the ruling party general secretary said "the ruling Awami League is always working for the development of the nation as well as the people under the leadership of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina.
"The Prime Minister has declared 'zero' tolerance against corruption", he said in his statement.
On the contrary, Quader said, "corruption is inherent in BNP...even 'Hawa Bhaban' also was established led by Tareque Rahman aiming to institutionalise the corruption."
Criticising Mirza Fakhrul's unawareness of commodity prices, Quader said since commodity price hike is now a consequence of the Russia-Ukraine war, saying that he (Fakhrul) was blaming the government for raising commodity price without taking the global phenomenon into his consideration.
Violation of human rights, killing minorities and torture on the opposition are the political characteristics of BNP, said the ruling party leader.
"Falsehood is their (BNP) only tool", he said.
The BNP leaders are now formulating the blueprint of the conspiracy without getting any response from the mass people, said Quader, adding that that's why the people did not respond to their movement.
The present government led by Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina is firm to establish a transparent and accountable government and that's why she has announced building a 'Smart Bangladesh' as a whole.