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BNP to resist bid to hold lopsided polls, says Rizvi

18 March 2018,Sunday, 18:31



BNP senior joint secretary general Ruhul Kabir Rizvi on Sunday warned that their party will put up a strong resistance like the Great Wall of China if the government tries to play a game with the upcoming national election.

“People won’t allow the government to hold a voter-less and one-sided election like the 2014 one without the participation of Khaleda Zia,” he said, UNB reports.

Speaking at a press conference at the party’s Nayapaltan central office, the BNP leader also said some of ruling party leaders’ recent remarks manifested that they have already finalised their blue print to hold a ‘stage-managed’ election.

“We would like to clearly say that a resistance like the Great Wall of China, not like a barbed-wire fence, will be put up if the government tries to play a game with the national election,” Rizvi said.

He also said their party will not only turn down a lopsided election, but also thwart it together with people. “People, including youths and professionals, won’t allow anyone to continue the rule of a person through one-sided polls.”

Making clear their party’s stance on the 11th parliamentary election, the BNP leader said they will join the polls if their four conditions are fulfilled.

The conditions say that Khaleda will have to get chance to lead BNP, election must be free, fair and inclusive, and under a non-party supportive government and Sheikh Hasina must resign from the post of Prime Minister.

Rizvi said the Prime Minister is trying to establish her absolute power with the help of police. “But democracy-loving people won’t let her materialise the dream.”

He also said Awami League’s all plots will be foiled as people are ready to take to the street venting their pent-up anger against the ‘misrule, plundering and repressive acts’ of the government.

 

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