POST TIME: 20 August, 2018 00:00 00 AM / LAST MODIFIED: 20 August, 2018 01:13:35 AM
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AL plotting to keep BNP away from election: Fakhrul

AL plotting to keep BNP away from election: Fakhrul

BNP Secretary General Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir yesterday alleged that Awami League (AL) is hatching a conspiracy to ‘create chaos’ in the country in a bid to impede the BNP’s participation in the next general elections. “The AL doesn’t want the BNP to join the polls. It's trying to block the BNP’s participation in the election by repeatedly talking about 1/11,” he said.

The ruling party is planning to create chaos in the country to foil the efforts to restore democracy in the country, he added. The BNP has declared that it would take part in the next general election after ensuring the release of party chairperson Khaleda Zia, he said.

“We'll take part in the elections after releasing our chairperson. We've taken an oath to participate in the polls by taking the chairperson with us,” said the BNP secretary general.

Talking to reporters after placing wreaths at BNP founder Ziaur Rahman’s grave to mark the 38th anniversary of Jatiyatabadi Swechchhasebak Dal, Fakhrul expressed his vow to install a pro-people government through the next election.

A state of emergency was imposed on January 11, 2007, which led to a military-

governed caretaker government.

Asked about the ruling party’s allegation that the BNP is weaving a net of conspiries like 1/11, Fakhrul said the BNP cannot not have any relation with the 1/11 episode. The BNP did not have any connection with 1/11 changeover, he added.

“The BNP is not in the driver's seat. Rather the AL is in power. It was responsible for bringing 1/11,” he said.

He claimed that the AL was the beneficiary of 1/11 episode.

"The AL is trying to involve BNP with 1/11. The AL is trying to raise the 1/11 episode to prevent the introduction of democracy in the country," he said.

Replying to a question, Fakhrul said the BNP repeatedly called upon the government to hold a dialogue to resolve the current political impasse. "But the AL is not sincere about holding talks with others," he added.

Fakhrul also demanded ‘unconditional’ release of the students who were arrested for taking to the streets in demand of safe roads before Eid-ul-Azha. He criticised the government, saying that homebound people facing trouble due to long tailbacks.

BNP chairperson’s adviser Amanullah Aman, Abul KHair Bhuiyan, Barkatullah Bhulu, Shamsuzzaman Dudud, Shahiduddin Chowdhury Annie, Shafiul Bari Babu and Abdul Quader Bhuiyan, among others, were present on the occasion.

Meanwhile, speaking at a discussion meeting at Jatiya Press Club, BNP standing committee member Nazrul Islam Khan yesterday said the ruling AL is sensing 1/11 as that party was behind the conspiracy in 2007. “It's usual that the AL would smell the emergence of 1/11 as it was behind it,” he added.

Youth Forum, a pro-BNP platform, arranged the meeting, demanding the release of BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia and the party’s other arrested leaders.