Fearing polls debacle, govt resorting to repressive acts: BNP
13 December 2015, Nirapad News: BNP has alleged that the government has resorted to repressive acts to thwart its ‘debacle’ in the municipal polls billed for December 30.
“The jails are being filled with opposition activists again. The government knows it very well the ruling party will face a debacle in the polls if BNP men are not suppressed, arrested and intimidated. That’s why it’s resorted to suppressive measurers,” said on Saturday BNP acting secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir.
The BNP leader came up with the allegation at a discussion at Dhaka Reporters’ Unity (DRU) arranged by Association of Engineers, Bangladesh.
He alleged that their many leaders were kept away from the election race by intimidating them with arms while many others were forced to withdraw their nominations.
“We came to know today that our leaders and activists are being arrested indiscriminately in Jhenidah. A drive of mass arrest is being conducted all over the country,” he said.
Despite that, Fakhrul said, BNP has taken part in the elections to make the party’s position stronger through a democratic process.
“We know the government has a blueprint to show people that the ruling party is the most popular party by holding the municipal election along party line… we also know we’ll be obstructed at every step, arrested and killed. Even then, we’re there in the race as we have no alternative,” Fakhrul observed.
As a liberal democratic party, he said BNP believes in the change of power through elections.
Mentioning that the country’s people are now in a suffocating situation, Fakhrul said, “We must get rid of it with patience, courage and well-thought-out strategies through a democratic way.”
He also urged the government to realise people’s perception and attitude from wall writings and hold a free and fair election with restoring people’s all rights.