Dhaka, Dec 27 (UNB)-Bangladesh Nationalist Front (BNF) President SM Abul Kalam Azad on Thursday claimed the 11th parliamentary election is being held under a partisan government, not the Election Commission (EC).
“Our supporters, voters, activists are feeling insecure,” he told journalists after attending a meeting with Election Commission Secretary Helaluddin Ahmed at city's Nirbachan Bhaban.
“Our constitution says an election will be held under the Election Commission. But, we don't see it,” he claimed adding, "The Election Commission is heavily influenced by ruling party.”
Abul Kalam also claimed a total of 55 BNF candidates came under attacks carried out by Awami League and Oikyafront men.
“We want to stay in the election till the last day, but it should be held under a neutral Election Commission," he said.
Dhaka, Dec 26 (UNB) – BNP leaders of Khulna and Naogaon districts on Wednesday protested the attacks on their leaders and activists alleging that AL men are filing false cases against them and threatening voters of not casting votes on December 30.
AL men are attacking BNP supporters, threatening them going door to door, creating an appalling environment in the constituency with the aim of keeping BNP men away from the election, Naogaon-6 constituency BNP candidate Alamgir Kabir said while briefing a press conference at his home in Naogaon town.
He alleged that police are arresting BNP leaders and activists are filing false case against them.
At least 14 BNP leaders and activists were injured in AL attacks, he also alleged.
In Khulna, District BNP leaders protested mass arrest of their leaders and activists and harassment by police, spreading terror by the AL men.
Leaders and activists of Awami League are carrying out attacks on BNP and Oikyafront men in presence of the security enforces, they claimed at a press conference at KD Ghosh road in Khulna city on Wednesday.
Noakhali, Dec 26 (UNB) – BNP standing committee member and party contestant from Noakhali-5 constituency Barrister Moudud Ahmed on Wednesday said democracy will be killed if people cannot cast their votes in the December-30 election.
“It’s not an election. There’s a reign of terror everywhere. If this situation continues, people will lose their trust in election,” he said while addressing a press conference at his Manikpur village in Companiganj upazila.
He, however, said Sheaf of Paddy candidates will come out victorious all over the country if voters can exercise their franchise on the election day.
Moudud also claimed that the deployment of the armed forces members could not contribute to improving the situation.
He said they will be in the election race till the last moment no matter what happens. “Let the people of the country and the international community see how an election is held under a partisan government. This had been a great opportunity for Awami League to prove that a fair election is possible under a party government.”
Cumilla, Dec 26 (UNB) – Claiming that the Jatiya Oikyafront chief has failed to demonstrate his leadership, Awami League General Secretary Obaidul Quader on Wednesday said Dr Kamal Hossain should quit taking the responsibility of the failure, not Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) KM Nurul Huda.
“The poison of Dr Kamal’s mouth is more dangerous than formalin. Not the CEC but you [Kamal] should resign,” he said while addressing an election rally at Latifunessa High School ground in Chouddagram upazila.
Posing a question, Quader said, “Why did you go to meet the person (CEC) whose resignation you demanded?”
He said the country’s people will vote for ‘Boat’ on December 30 as Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s government is the one of development and peace. “The alternatives to ‘Boat’ are petrol bombs, burning people to death, torching educational institutions and vehicles, and blocking roads.”
Awami League candidate for Cumilla-11 constituency and Railways Minister Mazibul Hoque, Chouddagram upazila parishad Chairman and upazila unit Awami League President Abdus Sobhan Bhuiyan Hasan and Chouddagram municipality Mayor Mizanur Rahman were, among others, present on the occasion.
Dhaka, Dec 26 (UNB) – BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir on Wednesday said whether their party and alliances will remain there in the election race till the last depends on the role of the Election Commission (EC).
“The Election Commission is still playing a biased role. Their attitude is in no way neutral. Still, three’s time, and the Commission can create an atmosphere conducive to a fair election, if it wants,” he said.
Talking to reporters at his Uttara residence before starting his journey for Bogura in the morning, the BNP leader further said, “It depends on the role of the Election Commission whether we’ll stay in the election till the end of voting.”
Fakhrul said they will discuss the role of the EC and law enforcers, and the election atmosphere before the voting at the forum of their party and alliances, and take final decision on the election.
He said the election has already become questionable due to the’ biased’ role of the EC and law enforcers.
The BNP leader said they had an expectation that election atmosphere would be created in the country after the deployment of army. “But it didn’t happen. Rather our candidates and senior leaders like Gayeshwar Chandra Roy, Subrta Chowdhury and many others came under attack. The way violence is growing and opposition candidates are being attacked and obstructed it won’t be possible to hold a credible election.”
Fakhrul is scheduled to address some election rallies in Bogura and Rangpur before going to Thakurgaon tonight (Wednesday night).
He will carry out electioneering in Thakurgaon on Thursday.
Fakhrul is contesting the December-30 national election from Thakuragon-1 and Bogura-6 seats.