The Bangladesh Nationalist Party on Sunday rejected the results of three recent by-elections alleging electoral fraud and rigging.
The party’s secretary general, Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir, at a press conference in the party chairperson’s office at Gulshan in Dhaka said that the elections to Pabna-4, Dhaka-5 and Naogaon-6 constituencies were not free and fair.
He also said that Awami League activists and local administration jointly manipulated the elections just like the 2018 general election.
Ballot boxes are stuffed at night before the election day and fake votes are cast, he added.
Awami League activists had forced out polling agents of BNP candidates from the voting centres, Fakhrul complained.
Fakhrul Islam announced twoday protest programmes demanding cancellation of election results and a fresh election to the constituencies.
The protest programmes include rallies across the country today and tomorrow.
Replying to a question, Fakhrul said that BNP did not demand a midterm election.
Some civil society members suggested or demanded a midterm election and that was their personal opinion, Fakhrul said.
‘We want a fresh general election under a neutral government,’ Fakhrul said.
In the press conference, Fakhrul Islam readout the decisions made at a meeting of the party’s standing committee on Saturday afternoon.
In the resolution, the party condemned the attack on an anti-rape march of students in Feni on Saturday.
Referring to anti-rape rallies of the police, the party said police failed to stop rape incidents and tackle repression against women where ruling party leaders and activists were involved.
The meeting also expressed concern over a circular of home ministry to stop propaganda against the government on social media and said that it would hamper the freedom of expression.
The meeting expressed concern over the increase in prices of rice and others essential commodities.
It said that the Awami League government had failed to control the hoarders, responsible for price hikes.
BNP leaders at a human chain in Dhaka demanded resignation of the Awami League government and the election commissioners for their failure to hold three by-elections in free and fair manner.
Leaders and activists of Dhaka South City BNP formed the human chain in front of the National Press Club, protesting against the vote rigging and creating anarchies in the by-election to Dhaka-5 constituency held on Saturday.
Joint secretary general of BNP Habib Un Nabi Khan Sohel said that the government and the Election Commission jointly held a farcical by election in Dhaka-5 constituency.
Mohammad Salahuddin, the BNP candidate for Dhaka-5 elections, said the Awami League cadres had created anarchies during the voting hours.
BNP vicechairman Mohammad Shahjahan and leader Tanvir Ahmed Robin also addressed the rally.
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