BNP slams govt for not responding to call for dialogue

United News of Bangladesh . Dhaka | Published: 01:55, Jan 13,2019

 
 

The Bangladesh Nationalist Party on Saturday alleged that the ruling party was unwilling to sit in talks with opposition parties as it had no answer to defend ‘huge fake votes cast during the December-30 election’.
‘The ruling party leaders are bragging shamelessly over an election of massive fake votes. Can it be called an election when 30 to 50 per cent ballots were stuffed the night before the voting?’ said BNP senior joint secretary general Ruhul Kabir Rizvi.
Speaking at a press conference at BNP’s Nayapaltan central office, he further said, ‘Despite serious threats, the local and foreign media and political parties are presenting the documents of vote rigging. No one accepted the election. So, Obaidul Quader and ruling party leaders are not willing to engage in dialogue as they have no answer to justify the grand vote robbery.’
Rizvi came up with the remarks as ruling party secretary general Obaidul Quader termed absurd Oikya Front chief Kamal Hossain’s call for a dialoged on the election.
At discussion on Thursday, Kamal Hossain claimed that no sane person could hold a ‘so-called’ and ‘farcical’ election like that of the December 30, and called for a national dialogue to find ways for arranging the polls as per the constitution.
Rizvi alleged that Awami League ‘robbed’ people’s votes by using the police and administration.
He said that the different units of law enforcement agencies were celebrating the ‘so-called’ victory of Awami League through arranging grand feasts at police headquarters to police stations.
‘Usually, the leaders and activists of a winning political party celebrate their victory. But Awami League leaders and activists didn’t do it this time as they could ensure their party’s victory. But police, RAB and BGB are celebrating the so-called victory of a political party which is not only ridiculous and unprecedented, but also surprising.’
The BNP leader alleged that the BNP leaders and activists were being attacked and repressed at different parts of the country after the election. ‘Houses of opposition leaders and activists are being attacked and torched.’
He said, ‘It seems that the government is trying to push the country towards a civil war by continuously repressing BNP leaders and activists.’

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