Tuesday, September 10th, 2019

Rangpur-3 by-polls will be free, fair and competitive: Quader

Published 11:40 pm | September 10, 2019

Road Transport and Bridges Minister Obaidul Quader today vowed that the upcoming by-election of Rangpur-3 constituency would be a free, fair and competitive one. “Jatiya Party is contesting in the by-polls. We are also on the race and BNP is taking part in the election. We hope this by-election will be a free, fair and competitive one,” he said.

Quader, also Awami League General Secretary, said while talking to reporters after visiting the works of Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) Project on the Dhaka-Mymensingh Highway near Tongi Bazar in Gazipur. He assured that the government would provide all-out support to the Election Commission in holding the Rangpur-3 by-polls.

“BNP boycotted many elections but the party is now saying that it will take part in all elections– from local government to national election. We welcome them (BNP leaders). They have joined the parliament which is a positive thing,” he said. The Road Transport and Bridges Minister said the Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) Project is expected to be completed by June 2021.

About toll collection from the country’s highways, he said such toll collection system is found in many countries around the world. “Repair and maintenance works must be conducted on the highways that the people have been using. Where does the money of road repair come from?” he questioned. Quader said the government constricts new roads and highways and the people who use these roads have also a responsibility to this end.

Gazipur City Corporation (GCC) Mayor Md Jahangir Alam, Dhaka Divisional Superintending Engineer of Roads and Highways Department Sabuj Uddin Khan, Gazipur Metropolitan Police (GMP) Commissioner Md Anwar Hossain and Deputy Commissioner of Gazipur SM Tariqul Islam were, among others, present on the occasion.



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