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BNP’s enthusiasm over 16th amendment annulment to die down soon: Quader

Road Transport and Bridges Minister Obaidul Quader has said the BNP’s enthusiasm over the cancellation of the 16th amendment to the Constitution will die down soon.

“They (BNP) look to be very happy following the cancellation of the 16th amendment to the Constitution…they’re seeing a light of hope but this light of hope will die down as in previous cases,” he said pointing at BNP at a memorial meeting of Sheikh Kamal over his 68th birth anniversary on Saturday, reports UNB.

Sotirtho-Swajan organised the meeting at the Jatiya Press Club commemorating freedom fighter Sheikh Kamal’s contributions to the nation and the country.

Pointing at the BNP standing committee member Moudud Ahmed, who addressed a function at the Press Club earlier in the day, Quader said a few minutes ago a BNP leader said they have seen the light of hope.

The minister said many people are jealous of development works by Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and they are conspiring against the country having failed to get people’s support.

“We never engage in conspiracy against others. But we become victim of conspiracies always.

Still conspiracy is on,” said Quader, also general secretary of the ruling Awami League.

Noting that now civility has disappeared from the country’s politics, he said, “There’re only courtesy posters in politics, but courteousness has lost and it is the reality of our country.”

About Sheikh Kamal, the minister said he was inspiring, encouraging and a talented person. “He had no ‘Hawa Bhaban’. No one is there of his contemporary who can be compared with him. He can be compared with only himself.”

Regarding section 57 of the IC Act, Quader said the misuse of the section 57 over trivial matters has to be stopped. “The tendency of using the section 57 over trifling matters is suicidal and we must stop it.”

Dhaka University Vice Chancellor Prof Dr AAMS Arefin Siddique, Sociologist Habibul Haque Khondoker and Jatiya Press Club President Muhammad Shafiqur Rahman, among others, spoke at the programme presided over by noted journalist Abed Khan.

Sheikh Kamal, the eldest son of the Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, was born on August 5, 1949, and was assassinated along with most of his family members by a cable of army men on August 15, 1975.

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