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4 February, 2018 00:00 00 AM

Impartial govt must for next polls: Khaleda

Staff Reporter
Impartial govt must for next polls: Khaleda

BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia yesterday said that the next general elections must be held under an ‘impartial poll-time government’. Renewing her party's demand for a non-party government, she also called for a congenial atmosphere so that voters can go to polling stations without any fear. Addressing the inaugural session of the party's national executive committee meeting at Hotel Le Meridian in the capital, Khaleda asserted that the next election ‘will have to be held dissolving parliament and discarding the plan for using the EVMs’.

Saying that the Election Commission must work neutrality for holding fair and inclusive polls, the BNP chief also demanded the deployment of army as a mobile force during the election. Pointing at the graft case verdict on her to be delivered on Thursday, the BNP chairperson urged her party leaders and activists to remain united and face together any upcoming danger in a peaceful and democratic manner.

"I would like to say I'm always with you and will be with you wherever I stay. Let's face any type of upcoming danger together ...we'll work together for the country in our good days, too,” she said. The BNP chief also claimed support from every quarters of the country for her party.

“We’ve no fear as the country’s people, administration, police and the armed forces are with us,” she said.

Khaleda also called upon other political parties to get involved with the BNP’s movement by forging a national unity to save the country and ensure a credible and inclusive election.

Referring to the judiciary of the country, Khaleda alleged that the judiciary has no independence as it has to work at the behest of the government.

In an oblique reference to the trial of the graft cases filed against her, Khaleda Zia said that the lower courts are now under the grip of the government and that they do not have the power to deliver proper judgments.

The BNP chief alleged that immediate past Chief Justice SK Sinha had to leave the country and quit for giving a right verdict and speaking the truth.

“The Supreme Court said the lower courts are under the grasp of the government. They can’t work independently ....can’t deliver verdicts properly. We’ve seen the consequences of delivering proper judgments. A judge had to leave the country for delivering the right verdict in Tarique Zia’s case,” she said.

Regarding the graft case verdict to be delivered against her, the BNP chief said, “They’re holding the trial to keep the BNP out of the election. But why are they holding the trial? Where there’s no crime how can a trial be held? They’re doing everything abusing their power.”

Saying that unity and courage are must for forging anti-government movements, Khaleda warned that the BNP leaders, who will betray with the party, will neither be given any position in the party nor forgiven.

“From today’s meeting, I would like to urge all to remain united in any circumstances. There’ll be various plots and repressive acts against you. They’ll try to harass you in every way but don’t get afraid,” Khaleda said.

The BNP chief also promised to evaluate those in her party who will remain with the organization and sincerely work for it during its bad days.

In her around one-hour-and-13-minute speech, Khaleda criticised the government for what she said indulging in repressive acts, killing, enforced disappearance, widespread corruption, plundering public money, and failure to control the soaring prices of rice and other essentials, check campus violence, question paper leakage, generate employment, increase investment and ensure security of the minority communities and their assets.

Earlier, the inaugural session of the meeting started with the recitation from the Holy Quran. Later, a condolence motion was adopted for the eminent personalities and party activists who have died over the last two years.

The BNP leaders and activists observed a one-minute silence to show respect to them.

Party Secretary General Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir presented an organisational report at the inaugural session. A recorded speech of the party senior vice chairman Tarique Rahman was also aired at the session before Khaleda’s speech.

Later, the second session began seeking suggestions from the executive committee members about the party’s next course of action. It was a closed-door one.

Around 550 leaders, including standing committee members, executive committee members, and vice-chairmen, chairperson’s advisers and presidents and secretaries of the party’s different associate bodies, attended yesterday’s meeting.


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