Build 'road' before devising 'road-map', Fakhrul tells EC

Staff Correspondent | Update:

FakhrulBangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir on Monday said devising a "road-map" without building a "road" to election will not be fruitful.

The BNP leader used the metaphor of road to denote congenial atmosphere for holding free and fair election that his party has been demanding for quite a number of years.

Speaking at a seminar on the BNP's 'Vision 2030' in the capital, Mirza Fakhrul said the ‘road to election’ is now in a bad shape and it needs to be repaired first in order to ensure that all parties join the electoral process.

The BNP’s women wing, Jatiyatabadi Mahila Dal organised the seminar at Naya Paltan Bhasani Bhaban auditorium.

“Who will join the elections? Isn’t it the political parties? You want to take the political parties to the elections, but the question is where the road is,” said Fakhrul in reference to the election commission’s just-announced roadmap for the 11th parliamentary polls.

Chief election commissioner KM Nurul Huda on Sunday unveiled the roadmap for the next general elections.

“You [the EC] are drawing map whereas there is no road indeed. You’ve destroyed the road by digging it, creating lots of potholes on it. You are making all the arrangements so that the opposition parties can’t join the polls,” Fakhrul said indicating the currently uneven field for the political parties other than the rulers.

He went on saying, “We want to clearly tell you, the EC: ‘Create a congenial atmosphere for election first, build a road to the election’. Only then, devising a roadmap for the general elections will be justified.”

He said the BNP wants to restore rights of all, to ensure all democratic rights.

The BNP secretary general said the people will not go to polling stations if the 5 January 2014-like unilateral election is held again.

UNB adds: Fakhrul said arranging a fair and credible election through talks is the only way for the Awami League to avoid public wrath for its misdeeds, misrule and repressive acts. "If the government doesn't take steps for holding an acceptable and fair election, the country's people won't allow them even to flee."

Fakhrul said Awami League does not want the BNP to join the election and a fair election to be held as it knows it very well that the party will not be able to return to power with the people's vote.

Referring to law enforcers alleged intervention in a meeting of some political party leader at Jatiya Samajtantrik Dal (JSD-Rab) president ASM Abdur Rab's Uttara residence, he said the Awami League thinks only it, not any other party, has the right to hold rallies and meetings anywhere in the country. "It can't be a democratic attitude."

The BNP leader said the ruling party men are getting richer by plundering thousands of crores of public money while the poor are becoming poorer gradually.

He called upon all to wake up to force the government to hold a fair and participatory election and restore the people's all rights.

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