Gonoshasthya Kendra founder Dr Zafrullah Chowdhury on Friday said the government’s plan to control the December-30 national elections would not work in the face of spontaneous presence of voters at every polling station.
‘The government’s plans to establish control on the elections will turn futile as people will go to the polling stations from early morning and the government’s boat, the election symbol representing the Awami League, will sink on December 30,’ he said.
Zafrullah, a pro-Bangladesh Nationalist Party professional, came up with the comments while speaking at a discussion arranged by the Jatiyatabadi Chalok Dal at the Jatiya Press Club.
He hoped that BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia would be freed from jail getting justice after the national elections.
‘She’ll be released through ensuring justice, not at anybody’s mercy,’ he said.
The pro-BNP intellectual said the victory of the Jatiya Oikya Front, led by Dr Kamal Hossain, was certain in the upcoming elections.
Zafrullah, also a front leader, called upon leaders and activists of the alliance to go to every polling station early morning braving all barriers and intimidation to cast their votes and help voters exercise their franchise.
He suggested the leaders of BNP and the front not to boycott the elections under any circumstance.
Zafrullah assured the ruling party leaders that they would not badly suffer like Khaleda Zia for their misdeeds if they were defeated in the elections.
He criticised the government for ‘its repressive acts’ and for indulging in extrajudicial killings and enforced disappearances.
Speaking at the programme, BNP chairperson’s adviser Zainul Abedin Farroque urged BNP leaders and activists to get ready for a battle of vote under any situation.
‘As we’ve participated in the elections under a partisan government, we must fight till the last and guard the polling stations braving arrest and other barriers,’ he added.
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