Formation of new govt likely by Jan 10: Obaidul Quader

Dhaka: Awami League general secretary Obaidul Quader on Tuesday said the process to form the new government is likely to be completed by January 10.

Obaidul Quader came up with the information while talking to reporters after placing wreaths at the portrait of Bangabandhu in front of Bangabandhu Memorial Museum at Dhanmondi in the city, marking Awami League’s landslide victory in 11th national election.

He also said the gazette notification will be published within 1-2 days and then the newly elected members of parliament will be sworn in, reports the UNB.

‘After the oath taking, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina will meet the President. Then, the President will request the Prime Minister to form the government,’ he added.

‘It is the concern of the Election Commission. Everything will be done according to the constitution. If any candidate fails to take oath, the election commission will arrange necessary steps according to the constitution. A new schedule will be announced for a by-election to the constituency,’ he said while answering a question about Oikyafront’s decision not to take the oath.

Quader said, ‘I still believe they (Oikyafront) will not disobey the verdict of the country’s people. Earlier, they made a mistake by boycotting the 2014 election. Whether they are satisfied or dissatisfied, it’s their party matter. But, those who have been elected this time will not show disrespect to the people’s verdict by not taking oath.’

‘Many democratic countries have started congratulating Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina. If they do not participate in the democratic process, democracy will not be halted for them,’ he added.

Meanwhile, the senior Awami League urged the party’s leaders, activists and supporters not to be revengeful to the opposition and behave carefully.