BNP warns EC about ‘Rakib-style’ election

Staff Correspondent | Published: 14:52, Aug 18,2017

Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir

Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir. — Focusbangla file photo

Bangladesh Nationalist Party secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir on Friday warned the incumbent chief election commissioner that he would not be allowed to hold a ‘Rakib-style’ election as did by his predecessor on January 5, 2014.

Fakhrul was referring to Kazi Rakibuddin Ahmad, the immediate past chief election commissioner, who had conducted the January 5 election boycotted by major opposition parties.

Fakhrul’s warning came after CEC KM Nurul Huda made a remark on Thursday that it was not the duty of the Election Commission to mediate among political parties for ensuring participation of all political parties in the next general election.

Addressing a discussion, the BNP secretary general asked the CEC along with whom he would hold the election then.

He asked what election the CEC would hold if the political parties claimed that there was no election atmosphere.

He said BNP would not allow any ‘mockery’ like January 5 election.

The government and the Election Commission have to take initiative for dialogue among political parties, Fakhrul said.

He said a neutral election is never possible here without dialogue.

National Democratic Party, a component of the BNP-led alliance, organised the discussion at Dhaka Reporters Unity in the city to mark the ninth death anniversary of a seasoned politician, founding chairman of NDP, Anwar Zahid, also a former minister.

Fakhrul said the government intentionally was creating a violent and unstable situation to cling to the power.

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