Update August 13, 2015

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20-party renews demand for inclusive polls

Sumel Sarker

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20-party renews demand for inclusive polls

13 August 2015, Nirapad News: The BNP-led 20-party alliance on Thursday said it wants a free, fair, competitive and inclusive election under a non-party administration to establish an elected and pro-people government.

“The 20-party thinks only an elected government which is accountable to people can stop the incidents of killing, enforced disappearance, repression, and overcome economic crisis and restore people’s basic rights. So, we the 20-party want free, fair and competitive polls with the participation of all parties under a non-party administration, said BNP standing committee member Nazrul Islam Khan.

Addressing a press conference on behalf of the 20-party alliance at BNP chairperson’s Gulshan office, he also claimed that the country’s people are also united in favour of their demand as there is no alterative to a credible election to overcome the current ‘political crisis’.

The press conference was arranged to inform the media about the outcome of Wednesday night’s meeting between BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia and the top leaders of the 20-prty alliance.

Prior to the press conference, a secretary general-level meeting of the 20-party alliance was held at Khaleda’s Gulshan office.

Nazrul said the alliance has long been on a movement to restore democracy and it will continue until its victory. “The success of the movement is just a matter of time.”

The BNP leader said the 20-party is deeply concerned as the government is ‘plotting’ to brand Bangladesh as a militant country to get international sympathy. “This is why incidents like killing of bloggers, children and repression on women have marked a sharp rise in the country.”

He said the alliance urged the country’s people to get united and put up a strong resistance against the government’s conspiracy against the country.

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