RMG Workers: Plots afoot to use them for vested interest
Awami League General Secretary Obaidul Quader has alleged that conspiracies are being hatched centring the readymade garments sector of the country as a quarter is trying to use workers for vested interests.
"There have been attempts to use the garment workers for some people's own interests nationally and internationally," said Quader while briefing reporters at the AL president's Dhanmondi office in the capital.
"Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has hiked the wages of the workers for the sake of the garment sector. The present government is sincere about the interests of the workers in this sector," he added.
Stating that the government is ready to carry out any reform for the betterment of the garment sector, Quader said, "The government tries to keep the situation in the garment sector under control for the sake of our economy. There is no reason to create any unnecessary panic centring the sector."
Quader, also the road transport and bridges minister, said the Awami League is not worried about any sanctions.
"We are moving towards a free, fair, and peaceful election under the independent Election Commission as per the constitution. If any sanction is imposed, it should be imposed on the BNP," said Quader.
"They are carrying out sabotage; they are carrying out covert attacks. These are obstacles to a fair election. If the US wants to impose sanctions, only BNP and its allies deserve to be sanctioned," he added.
Referring to the transfers of deputy commissioners and officers-in-charge, the AL leader said it was done to make the election free from influence.
"Many of our members of parliament and ministers were served show-cause notices from the Election Commission for violating the electoral code of conduct, which is rare," added Quader.
Speaking on the nomination of many AL nominees and independent candidates being cancelled by the EC, the AL general secretary said there was no intervention from the party.
"It is up to the Election Commission. They are following the code of conduct. Candidates can go to the court. We have nothing to say about the decision that will be taken there ultimately," he added.
Asked whether the election in the 32 constituencies where no AL leader is running as independent candidate would be competitive or not, Quader said it was better not to speak on the issue before December 17 [the last date for withdrawing candidatures].