Dhaka, Oct 04: Awami League General Secretary Obaidul Quader today urged AL grass root leaders not to misuse power, instructing them to send the names of competent and acceptable aspirants for the upcoming union parishad elections to the party.
“Don’t send the names of bad people in exchange of money. Send the names of candidates who are acceptable to the people,” he said while virtually speaking at a memorial meeting on late lawmaker Hasibur Rahman Swapan.
The meeting was held on Shahjadpur Pilot Model Government High School ground at Shahjadpur in Sirajganj this morning.
Quader, also the road transport and bridges minister, said a politician should do politics for the welfare of people, not for changing his or her own fate.
“After getting power, many become desperate and this is not acceptable at all. Do not misuse power,” he said.
Instructing the AL grassroots leaders to welcome good people in politics, the AL general secretary said if politics is done with bad people, the party will be affected.
Only the tested leaders and workers will always stay beside the party and that is why the honest and good people should be attracted to the party,” he said.
Mentioning that the politics of revenge, which started after killing of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman in 1975, is still going on in the country, Quader questioned: “Who were involved in the killing of 75? Who were behind it? “Everyone knows that history – which will never be forgotten,” he continued.
Ziaur Rahman was the mastermind behind the Bangabandhu killing, while his son Tarique Rahman was the mastermind of the August 21 grenade attack, he added.
He said Ziaur Rahman introduced the politics of vengeance in the country and the BNP is still continuing it.
Mentioning that the BNP has destroyed the working relations among political leaders, the AL general secretary said BNP chairperson Begum Khaleda Zia celebrated her fake birthday to hurt the sentiments of the AL leaders and workers.
“How can we maintain social relations in the politics of revenge?” he questioned, observing that mutual working relations is absent now among the country’s political leaders.
Quader said it is time for all to shun the politics of revenge and hatred.
About the late lawmaker Swapan, the AL general secretary said Swapan was a noble leader and popular politician as well as public representative.
He sought eternal peace of the departed soul of Swapan and conveyed sympathy to the late MP’s family.
Chaired by former MP Choyan Islam, the reminiscence meeting was addressed, among others, by AL organising secretary SM Kamal Hossain, its central committee member Prof Marina Jahan Kabita, Sirajganj District AL acting president Advocate KM Hossain Ali Hasan, its acting general secretary Abdus Salam Talukder, Tanvir Shakil Joy, MP, Dr Habibe Millat Munna, Dr Abdul Aziz, Tanvir Imam and Abdul Momin Mandal.