BNP threatens to review its election joining decision

United News of Bangladesh . Dhaka | Published: 12:43, Nov 12,2018


Bangladesh Nationalist Party secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir. -- New Age file photo

Bangladesh Nationalist Party secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir on Monday warned that their party might review its decision to join the general election if the proper atmosphere was not created and the arrest of its leaders and activists did not stop.

‘The country lacks the minimum election atmosphere. Our leaders and activists are being arrested continuously,’ said the BNP leader.

Talking to reporters while collecting his party's nomination paper at its Naya Paltan central office, he further said they were repeatedly calling upon the government to stop such acts.

Fakhrul said they decided to join the election as part of their movement for restoring democracy and freeing their chairperson Khaleda Zia from jail based on Oikya Front's seven-point demand.

He said they wanted an end to 'autocratic rule' and restore democratic norms in the country through the election, he said.

Fakhrul said they would also free several thousand pro-democratic leaders and activists from jail through the election.

He said three nomination forms were collected for their chairperson Khaleda Zia who was now in jail.

Fakhrul said he was also collecting a party nomination paper to contest the election from Thakurgaon-1 constituency.


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