Reiterating that the court will decide about the bail of Khaleda Zia, Awami League general secretary Obaidul Quader on Wednesday said the bail issue of graft-convicted BNP chairperson is totally a matter of court, reports BSS.

“It is not a political case but a graft case. Khaleda Zia has placed a plea before the court seeking bail. The court will take decision on it,” he said.

Quader, also road transport and bridges minister, was speaking at a special joint meeting of ruling Bangladesh Awami League (AL) at the party’s central office in the city’s Bangabandhu Avenue area.

Presidents and secretaries of all organisational districts and city units of the AL under the Dhaka division joined the meeting.

Urging the newsmen not to embarrass the AL by asking it about Khaleda’s bail repeatedly, Quader said, “Please don’t ask about Khaleda’s bail. It is not in the hands of AL and prime minister Sheikh Hasina."

Directing the AL leaders to strengthen the party from the grassroots level, the ruling party general secretary said please don’t allow the controversial people join the party to strengthen your own position. “It will weaken the party,” he continued.

Underscoring the need to strengthen the party for the sake of the government, Quader said, “The government can never be a stronger one if the party remains organisationally weak."

Urging those organisational units of the party, which did not hold their councils, to organise the councils from April, he said none should form committees staying at homes.

“Committees should be formed through councils. And consent of central committee must be taken to abolish any committee. You've no authority to abolish any committee,” the AL general secretary added.

Noting that the Dhaka south and north city corporation polls were held without any vote rigging, Quader said there was no scope of rigging or forgery through the electronic voting machine (EVM).

He urged the party leaders to work for the AL-nominated candidates in the by-polls to four Jatiya Sangsad (JS) seats and Chattogram City Corporation (CCC) to make them winners and increase voters’ presence in the voting centers.