DMP allows BNP to hold rally in Dhaka today

BNP smells rat in EVM use

Staff Correspondent | Published: 00:05, Jul 20,2018 | Updated: 00:08, Jul 20,2018


The Bangladesh Nationalist Party as part of its countrywide programmes will hold a rally in the Dhaka city today for proper medical treatment and unconditional release of the party’s chairperson Khaleda Zia and release of all political prisoners.
The rally would be held in front of BNP’s central office at Naya Paltan at 3:00pm as the Dhaka Metropolitan Police gave the party verbal permission, said BNP’s assistant office secretary Belal Ahmed.
Rallies will also be held at other metropolitan cities, and district and upazila headquarters across the country.
Earlier, BNP was denied permission to hold rally in front of the party’s central office either on July 5 or July 7.
Later, it held demonstration at areas under several police stations in the Dhaka city on July 8.
Khaleda Zia was sentenced to five years in jail in Zia Orphanage Trust corruption case by a Dhaka special judge’s court on February 8 and was sent to old Dhaka Central Jail.
Jatiyatabadi Swechchhasebak Dal, BNP’s wing for volunteers, on Thursday announced demonstration at metropolitan cities and district headquarters across the country on Sunday for Khaleda’s release and proper treatment, said a press release.
Meanwhile, BNP on Thursday complained that the Election Commission at the instruction of the government had planned to purchase Electronic Voting Machines at a cost of Tk 2600 crore to do electoral engineering in 11th parliamentary election.
BNP senior joint secretary general Ruhul Kabir Rizvi at a news briefing at the party’s central office made the allegation, saying the Election Commission at the directive of the government had planned to do skulduggery by using EVMs in forthcoming city election.
He said the EC had a plan to use EVMs at 100 constituencies in next general election.
Already 2,500 machines were purchased, he said.
He mentioned that many countries in the world including the USA, Germany, India, and Finland scrapped use of EVM for its flaws.
He asked the commission to give up the plan.

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