BNP Secretary General Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir addressing a rally in the city on Wednesday, Mar 10, 2021.
BNP Secretary General Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir on Wednesday demanded the constitution of a new election commission with “competent persons”, saying that the present commission is “worse even than an obedient salve”.
“The incumbent election commission is worse even than an obedient salve. Even before the government makes any remark, they (EC) say the election was held in a good and fair manner where Awami League candidates win,” he said while addressing a rally in the city.
BNP’s Dhaka City North Unit arranged the rally making a makeshift stage on two trucks in front of Taltola City Corporation Super Market in the city’s Khilgaon area to press home their demands for ensuring neutral elections and annulment of the Digital Security Act.
Fakhrul demanded the resignation of the current election commission. “We want this election commission to resign soon. The election commission will have to be constituted afresh with competent persons,” he said.
The BNP secretary general also demanded resignation of the incumbent government and arrangement of the general election under a neutral government.
Referring to six BNP mayoral contenders in the latest city elections in Dhaka, Chattogram, Khulna, Barishal and Rajshahi, he said, “Can we get the scope to cast votes if we go to any polling station? Our six mayoral candidates are now sitting here (in the rally). No one of them could contest the polls as all of their agents were ousted from polling stations and they (EC) announced the election result of their choice in the evening.”
About the last two general elections, Fakhrul said the previous election commission also announced 154 MP candidates elected uncontested in the 2014 general election when BNP did not join it. But in the 2018 general election, the polls’ results were snatched at night before of the voting by changing their strategy, he said.
Expressing outrage for creating obstructions to holding their rallies in different cities to protest the recent elections, he said, "Why’s there so much fear? Why’re the public rights to speak gaged? Why was the people’s voting right snatched? “Because, we know if the people get the scope to vote and cast votes, you’ll never be able to come to power,” he said.
Demanding cancellation of the Digital Security Act, the BNP leader said this government is very weak. “So, it formulates new laws like digital security act in order to protect themselves!”
He claimed that even the government controls and monitors the people’s phone conversations and facebook activities.
BNP leaders Mirza Abbas, Amir Khasru Mahmud Chowdhury, Iqbal Hasan Mahmud Tuku, Amanullah Aman, Syed Moazzem Hossain Alal, Barkatullah Bulu and Abdus Salam addressed the rally presided over by BNP mayoral contender in the last Dhaka north city election Tabith Awal.
Besides, five other BNP mayoral contenders in the recent elections -- Ishraque Hossain in Dhaka south, Dr Shahadat Hossain in Chattogram, Mujibur Rahman Sarwar in Barishal, Nazrul Islam Manju in Khulna and Mosaddek Hossain Bulbul in Rajshahi – also addressed the rally.
Tabith accused the government of “staging farcical election” and urged the people to be united to foil such polls in the future