BNP afraid of polls defeat: PM

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Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina today alleged that the main opposition BNP is trying to boycott the next general election in fear of defeat.

The High Court declared illegal the registration of Jamaat-e-Islami and the government has nothing to do with it, Hasina, also the president of Awami League, made the comment in her introductory speech before holding a meeting of the AL Parliamentary Board at her Dhanmondi office in the morning.

The premier also termed the BNP’s stance for not participating in general election as “regrettable” and said the main opposition is not taking part in the polls as its key ally Jamaat is barred from joining it.

She also urged the BNP to take part in the 10th parliamentary election scheduled for January 5.

“Stop patronising Jamaat and join polls,” Hasina urged Khaleda Zia, the chief of BNP.

The PM insisted that voting will take place as per the schedule and BNP would not be able to stop it.

Chief Election Commissioner Kazi Rakibuddin Ahmed on Monday announced the schedule for the next national election.

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