BNP yesterday said that it won’t allow ensuing partisan local government elections to go unchallenged.“Question does not arise to give a walkover to them (the ruling party) in the local government polls under party symbol. Most probably we will join the polls,” said BNP standing committee member Barrister Moudud Ahmed while talking to reporters after placing wreath at the mazar of late President Ziaur Rahman to mark the National Revolution and Solidarity Day.
He however said that decision would be taken at party forum after the arrival of chairperson Begum Zia.
BNP leader’s comments came couple of days after the Election Commission (EC) decided to hold municipality polls under partisan basis sometimes in December.
Referring to the participation of the party in six city corporation elections he said they witnessed government’s behaviour during the polls. “If the government repeats the manner, this time, it will have to be resisted,” he said.
Moudud said there is neither democracy nor politics in the country but there is some extent of controlled democracy.
Replying to a question he said the movement for restoration of democracy to be intensified further.
He said the BNP would reiterate its call to hold a dialogue for national unity even the government does not respond to it.
BNP standing committee members—Lt Gen (Retd) Mahbubur Rahman and Nazrul Islam Khan, vice-chairman Altaf Hossain Chowdhury, joint secretary Barrister Mahbub Uddin Khokon, Khairul Kabir Khokon, Shirin Sultana, and Jubo Dal president Moazzaem Hossain Alal, among others, were present on the occasion.