Bangladesh Nationalist Party standing committee member Gayeshwar Chandra Roy on Thursday urged the government to create a level playing field for holding free, fair and peaceful elections to Rajshahi, Barisal and Sylhet cities slated for July 30.
Talking to journalists while campaigning for BNP’s mayoral candidate in Rajshahi Mosaddek Hossain Bulbul, he alleged that the environment was not suitable for holding a fair election as the Election Commission was busy implementing planned agendas of the current government.
Claiming that there would be no fair election under the current Election Commission, he demanded the upcoming national elections under a neutral polls-time government. Replying to a query, Gayeshwar said that their alliance partner Jamaat-e-Islami could not conduct campaigns in favour of their candidate due to government pressure.
Bulbul once again renewed his demand for deploying army personnel to create a level playing field to all candidates in the election. ‘Law enforcers are arresting and intimidating our leaders and activists while leaders and activists of Awami League and its associate bodies are threatening and beating up our supporters causing ordinary voters to panic.’
In this situation, Bulbul said, the only way to ensure that the people exercise their votes freely was to deploy army personnel.
AL mayoral candidate AHM Khairuzzaman Liton, meanwhile, said that there was no need for army deployment as the election environment was good in Rajshahi.
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