BNP wants level playing field for polls

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The main opposition BNP on Friday reiterated its threat of not participating in the general elections if level playing field was not created, adding that lopsided polls will be resisted.

“The government is repeatedly saying that BNP will take part in the election at the last moment. We will participate in the polls when level playing field will be created. No election will be held in the country without a non-partisan government,” said Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir, acting secretary general of the party.

Addressing a discussion at a city hotel, organized by MBA Association of Bangladesh, Fakhrul said an old party like Awami League has become politically bankrupt.

“Awami League has lost its ground. It is repressing the opposition leaders and activists. It is formulating new laws imposing censorship on rallies and meetings. From this, it is proved that Awami League has become politically bankrupt,” he alleged.

The spokesperson of the party alleged that the country’s economic situation was gloomy just because of the government’s corruption. Fakhrul also claimed that the GSP facilities were withdrawn because of the government’s failure and now unrest was prevailing in the sector through the instigation of a government minister.

Regarding the constitution amendment, Fakhrul said, “This constitution is not Qur’an or Bible. Awami League amended the constitution repeatedly for their own interests but now they are saying just the opposite.”

Regarding the party’s senior vice chairman Tarique Rahman’s thoughts, Fakhrul said: “His [Tarique’s] philosophy is to move the country forward. The way late President Ziaur Rahman dreamt of beautiful future, the same way Tarique Rahman dreams of a happy future.”

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