POLITICS

No election under Sheikh Hasina: Khaleda

Published: 12 Nov 2017

Online Desk

Reiterating that no credible election can be held under current Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia on Sunday demanded the deployment of army with magistracy power for holding the next national election in a free and fair manner.  

The BNP chief also strongly opposed the use of Electronic Voting Machine (EVM) in the polls, reports UNB.

Speaking a rally at Suhrawardy Udyan in the city, Khaleda also called for forging a national unity for bringing qualitative changes in politics.

“A free, fair and neutral election is possible under a non-party impartial government, not under Hasina (PM). No election can be fair under Hasina. They (govt) want to hold an election by force under them to cling to power,” she said.

The BNP chief further said, “I want to tell the Chief Election Commissioner you don’t pay heed to the government’s any unjustified orders. I also want to tell the CEC and other Election Commissioners that holding a fair and neutral election is your responsibility. So, you talk in favour of a neutral government. The use of EVM must be stopped, and the army must be deployed with magistracy power so that they can patrol all election areas with mobile teams.”

Khaleda said police will also be there in the polls and her party has no objection to it. “But Hasina’s cadres have got arms in their hands with which they’re now killing people regularly. If the army is not deployed, they’ll capture all the polling stations. So, the army must be engaged and given power so that they can work.”

The BNP chief said as people are waiting for a change in power and they will vote for her party if a credible election is held.

Turning to the Rohingya issue, she said it is now the country’s biggest national problem. “Rohingya is not only a problem for the current illegal government. It’s a national crisis. We must get united to find out a suitable solution to it.”

Khaleda urged the international organisations to take immediate steps so that Rohingyas can return to Myanmar with security ensuring their citizenship. “Rohingyas are not the citizens of Bangladesh. We’ve given them shelter on humanitarian ground. But they can’t stay here for a long time. So, I call upon the international organisations to work out a quick solution to the problem.”

She also called upon the influential countries, including the UK, Russia, China and India, to work together to find out an effective way to send back the Rohingyas to their own country.     

Reoffering to Chief Justice Surendra Kumar Sinha’s resignation, the BNP chief said he was forced to quit. “The Chief Justice was forced to leave the country by making him falsely sick. They now forced him to quit creating pressure on him sending their agency people abroad. He tried to return home, but he was barred as he spoke the truth,” she alleged.

Khaleda criticised the government for what she said obstructing her party men from joining the rally by stopping the plying of public transports.

BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir, standing committee members Khandaker Mosharraf Hossain, Moudud Ahmed, Jamiruddin Sircar, Mirza Abbas, Gayeshwar Chandra Roy and Dr Abdul Moyeen Khan, among others, addressed the rally.  

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