The Bangladesh Nationalist Party has complained that the ruling Awami League tries to influence the forthcoming Khulna city election by using the law enforcers in harassing BNP leaders and activists working as canvassers for the party-backed mayoral candidate.
The party has also issued a stern warning to the government against any attempt to remove the party chairperson Khaleda Zia from the party or the political arena.
BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir, while inaugurating a photo exhibition on 34 years of politics, struggle and success of BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia at the party’s central office in Dhaka on Friday, said police had become one of the main hurdle for BNP activists in Khulna as the law enforcers were reportedly harassing and arresting them without any proper reason.
He complained that the ruling party was deliberately using the police to influence the Khulna city election to help the AL candidate win.
The city election is set to be held on May 15.
Photojournalist Babul Talukdar organised the photo exhibition marking 34 years of Khaleda Zia’s leadership as the chairperson of the party.
On May 10 in 1984, Khaleda was elected as the chairperson of the party and she still continues as the chairperson.
Khaleda is in erstwhile Dhaka Central Jail since February 8 as a special Dhaka judge’s court sentenced her to five-year jail in a graft case.
Fakhrul renewed the call for forging national unity to free democracy and to put an end to the present misrule.
Fakhrul came down hard on the prime minister, Sheikh Hasina, and asked to have information on Malaysia, where, ruling party had failed to keep onto power by oppressing opposition party activists.
BNP standing committee member Khandaker Mosharraf Hossain, in another programme in Dhaka on the day, voiced strong warning against any attempt to cast off Khaleda Zia from the party or from the political arena of the country.
He warned that the Awami League president Sheikh Hasina would have to face the same consequence if she would try to remove Khaleda.
Mosharraf was addressing a special meeting organised by Sammilita Chhatra Forum to commemorate the life and works of former BNP leader Nasir Uddin Ahammed Pintu marking his third anniversary of death at the National Press Club in Dhaka in the morning.
He reminded the ruling party leaders that the military-backed interim government tried to ditch Khaleda and Hasina from the politics of Bangladesh.
The policy to remove the two leaders was known as the Minus Two formula.
‘Actors of Minus Two are still alive and the prime minister was once their target,’ he added.
He complained that the government was set to prepare a huge budget for the election year with a view to deceiving people.
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