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4 February, 2018 00:00 00 AM
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BNP conditions unconstitutional

Says Awami League
Abu Jakir

The ruling Awami League has rejected its arch-rival Bangladesh Nationalist Party’s (BNP) six-point poll conditions including the holding of the next general election under a neutral non-party election-time government. Terming the BNP chief Khaleda Zia’s conditions as illogical, undemocratic and unconstitutional, AL leaders said the country’s people had no interest in listening to such conditions from a party whose chief is an accused in graft cases.

They said the next parliamentary election would be held in line with the constitutional guidelines on time and the Awami League would do everything to arrange the 11th national election in a free, fair and credible manner. Hours after BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia came up with six conditions for contesting the next parliamentary elections, this correspondent talked to several senior leaders of the ruling party.

Earlier, in a city hotel, BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia placed the six conditions at the party’s national executive committee’s meeting. The demands included that the voting must be held under a neutral government, dissolution of parliament

before the polls, and the deployment of the army during the elections.

 Talking to The Independent AL presidium member Mohammad Nasim said that the next poll would be held as per the constitutional provisions. “No condition of Khaleda Zia will be accepted as all her conditions are illogical, unconstitutional and undemocratic,” he said.  Nasim, also the health minister, accused Khaleda Zia of

wanting to create anarchy in the country in a bid to foil the next polls but said her dream would not come true.

When contacted, AL joint general secretary Mahbubul Alam Hanif said: “BNP chief Khaleda Zia is now an accused in graft cases. She is a corrupt politician and she has already become isolated from the people for practising such dirty politics. So, people don’t have any interest in listening to such illogical conditions that she has set to join the next poll.”

Rejecting the BNP’s conditions, Hanif said there was no scope of dissolving parliament before the next election or Army deployment during the poll. He claimed that the Election Commission was free and strong enough to hold a participatory and fair election and the Sheikh Hasina government would do everything to help the EC hold a free and fair election.

Talking to the media in Comilla, AL general secretary Obaidul Quader told the media that the BNP’s registration as a political party would be cancelled, if the party did not join the next general election to be held at the end of this year.

“They (BNP) will have to join the next poll if they want to do politics in the country in future. I hope they will not repeat the same mistake as they did in the past,” he said.

Awami League presidium member Lt Col (retd) Muhammad Faruk Khan said he was astonished to hear Khaleda Zia’s conditions as all of them were unconstitutional.

“BNP was formed at a time when there was no constitution in the country and the party has been assisting and doing anti-constitutional activities since its formation. Now, they are again demanding the holding of the next national election through unconstitutional ways,” said Faruk Khan.

Another AL joint general secretary Dipu Moni said: “BNP and Khaleda Zia don’t believe in the Constitution and always do anti-constitutional activities.” “The Election Commission will hold a participatory election and the Awami League-led government will help the EC to hold the election,” said Dipu Moni.

The former foreign minister also said: “The BNP can boycott the next election like they did during the 10th parliamentary election. But if the BNP tries to create anarchy to prevent the election, democratic people will foil its efforts and prevent them on streets.”

BNP chief Khaleda’s other conditions are: the poll-time government must create a peaceful environment for voters to come to the polling stations, the Election Commission must work to maintain neutrality for holding a free, fair and inclusive election, and EVM/DVM machines must not be used for voting.

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Published by the Editor on behalf of Independent Publications Limited at Media Printers, 446/H, Tejgaon I/A, Dhaka-1215.
Editorial, News & Commercial Offices : Beximco Media Complex, 149-150 Tejgaon I/A, Dhaka-1208, Bangladesh. GPO Box No. 934, Dhaka-1000.

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