BNP acting secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir yesterday accused the ruling party chief and head of the government of initiating the process of irregularities the municipality polls.“We think that ruling party chief and head of the government herself violated the election rules and initiated the irregularities. Thus, it will not be possible for the Election Commission to hold the polls in a free and neutral manner,” he while addressing a press conference at BNP chairperson’s Gulshan office.
Fakhrul said according to law the person authorised to give nominations is supposed to send approval letter to the respective returning officer selecting one candidate from the party for each municipality mayoral post.
He alleged that the AL chief and party’s authorised person Sheikh Hasina sent the letter selecting more than one candidate against each municipality mayoral post. The municipalities are Shariatpur Sadar, Betagi upazila of Barguna, Paikgachha upazila of Khulna, and Magura Sadar,” he alleged.
The BNP leader claimed they have proves in these four cases but they apprehends there might be other cases as well.
According to the election law, the returning officer would take one nomination from each party. But some returning officers accepted nominations of two persons from each party violating the law. In such case, both the nominations should be cancelled, but in this case this did not happen, he said.
Fakhrul said even after cancellation of nomination paper of ruling party mayoral candidate in Shariatpur on December 7, another ruling party candidate submitted nomination, he alleged saying that the party chief is entitled to sign in the nomination paper.
He further alleged that a number of AL lawmakers and candidates are campaigning violating the law but no actions were taken against them.
He mentioned that only three MPs were issued show cause notice and said this is not the way.
BNP standing committee member Dr Abdul Moyeen Khan, vice chairman Maj (Retd) M Hafizuddin Ahmed, Abdullah Al Noman, Altaf Hossain, Selima Rahman, joint secretary general M Shahjahan, among others, were present at the press conference.
Meanwhile, BNP joint secretary general Ruhul Kabir Rizvi, who has been released from jail on Tuesday, went to the party central office after eleventh months in prison.
Party leaders and activists welcomed him offering banquet as he reach the office in the afternoon.
Talking to reporters, he alleged that the government had issued an undeclared curfew to suppress the opposition leaders and activists.
He alleged that the present government and the EC had tried to manipulate the election results in favour of the ruling party in the past.
“This time, if the government and the EC refrain from such evil attempt, BNP mayoral candidates will sweep in 90 to 95 per cent of mayoral posts,” he said.