Avoid remarks that may hurt friendly relations: Quader

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Desk report, June 29: Apparently reacting to US Ambassador’s comments on Bangladesh elections, Road Transport and Bridges Minister Obaidul Quader on Friday stressed avoiding such remarks that might hurt friendly relations between the two countries.He came up with the remarks during his visit to Dhaka-Bhanga 4-lane construction site at Kolakandi in Keraniganj of Dhaka district around 10am.

On Thursday, Bernicat commended the holding of elections to Khulna and Gazipur city corporations but expressed concern by reports of election “irregularities, including ballot box stuffing, intimidation” of political players, polling agents before the end of voting.

She also expressed satisfaction over the lower level of violence and wider participation of political parties in the elections.

“Is there any concern about the conspiracy by a leader of a contesting party who planned to carry out acts of sabotage in the election?” Quader questioned.

“We’ve the Election Commission for holding free and fair elections…there’s no need of any adviser,” he said.

Besides, the minister said, 56 percent work on Padma Bridge has been completed.