The Bangladesh Nationalist Party on Sunday alleged that it was Awami League, not the BNP, who were running after foreigners as it had become desperate to hold another unilateral election with a ‹master plan›.
‘Awami League general secretary Obaidul Quader on Saturday said that the BNP is lobbying with foreigners to go to power. I would like to say the BNP is a party of people and it believes in returning to power with people›s mandate,’ said the BNP senior joint secretary general Ruhul Kabir Rizvi.
Speaking at a press briefing at the BNP›s Nayapaltan central office, he further said, ‘So, it›s Awami League which is running after foreigners and lobbying with them in fear of losing power.’
Rizvi said that the people were determined to exercise their right to franchise in the next election by any means. ‘The government has become worried, realising people›s desire to exercise their
voting powers. They›ve become desperate to hold another election as per a local and international master plan.’
The BNP leader said the prime minister was going to many programmes abroad where a secretary-level official was supposed to join. ‘The main motive behind is to woo the foreigners.’
He said that the ruling party leaders had already realised that it would not be possible for them to retain power through holding another voter-less and lopsided election like the one held in 2014.
‘The entire world, except two to three counties, is showing a negative attitude towards the current illegal government. International organisations have already said they want the next election to be free, fair, neutral and inclusive one,’ Rizvi said.
The BNP leader added that their chairperson Khaleda Zia was sent to jail in a ‹false and fabricated› case as part of the government›s blueprint. ‘The government is now resorting to various tactics to prolong her (Hasin›s) stay in jail.’
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