AL conspiring to hinder BNP’s victory in city polls: Fakhrul

Arafat Rahman’s death anniversary observed

Staff Correspondent | Published: 17:45, Jan 24,2020 | Updated: 02:25, Jan 25,2020


BNP leaders and activists, led by its secretary-general Mirza Fakhrul Islam, pays tribute to Arafat Rahman, the youngest son of the party’s founder Ziaur Rahman, by placing wreaths at his grave at Banani Graveyerd in Dhaka on Friday. — New Age photo

Bangladesh Nationalist Party’s secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir on Friday alleged that the ruling Awami League, being politically bankrupt, had now been conspiring to hinder BNP’s victory in the upcoming Dhaka city elections in various ways.

Fakhrul made the remarks briefly addressing after a prayer session at the grave of Arafat Rahman, youngest son of late president Ziaur Rahman and BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia, at Banani graveyard on the occasion of Arafat’s 5th death anniversary.

The election to the two city corporations in Dhaka is scheduled for February 1 and BNP’s Ishraque Hossain is vying for the post of mayor of Dhaka South City and Tabith Awal is contesting for the post of Dhaka north city.

He alleged that the BNP candidates were attacked physically and conspiracies were on to keep the BNP candidates away from the election race.

He said that none will be able to obstruct victory of Ishraque and Tabith as massive support was created in Dhaka in favour of BNP’s election symbol ‘sheaf of paddy’.

The BNP leader alleged that Arafat Rahman died due to political reasons.

Though he was not involved in politics, he had to endure physical and mental torture out of political vengeance, Fakhrul said and prayed for eternal peace of his departed soul.

BNP leaders Selima Rahman, Md Shahjahan, Zainul Abdin Farroque, Habibur Rahman Habib, Abul Khayer Bhuiysan, Khairul Kabir Khokon, Shahiduddin Chowdhury Anee  and Habib-un Nabi Khan Sohel,among others, were present.

BNP also organised a prayer session at the party central office at Naya Paltan in the capital at about 11:00am.

Arafat Rahman died of cardiac complication in Malaysia on January 24, 2015.

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