Awami League General Secretary Obaidul Quader on Monday said the name of Tarique Rahman, a convicted fugitive leader of BNP, will come on top in any list of money launderers of Bangladesh.
Quader’s rebuff came in response to BNP Secretary General Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir’s demand that the government publishes a list of those who siphoned off money from the country.
Quader, who is also road transport and bridges minister, was addressing virtually the triennial council of Meherpur district unit of Awami League.
The AL general secretary also urged BNP secretary general to provide proofs and evidences before raising any allegations.
About fugitive businessman PK Halder who was detained in India, Quader said Halder has no relation with the ruling party. He is rather identified as a money launderer. Halder's trial will be held as per law, he mentioned, he said.
Quader called upon the party leaders and workers to make it well-organized and smarter as part of preparations for the next parliamentary elections under the leadership of party president Sheikh Hasina.
Saying 'those who have involvement with extortion, drug peddling, smuggling and terrorism will have no room in AL, Quader urged the local leaders to evaluate good and dedicated politicians in forming new committees.
Meherpur district AL President and State Minister for Public Administration Farhad Hossain chaired the council while AL Joint General Secretary AFM Bahauddin Nasim, Organizing Secretary BM Mozammel Haque, Central Working Committee Members Amirul Islam Milon, Advocate Gloria Sarker Jharna and Parvin Jaman Kalpana and Meherpur district AL General Secretary MA Khaleque were present.