Dhaka, 12 Nov – BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia on Sunday reiterated her call to the government to hold the next general elections under a neutral government to restore the voting rights of the people.“There will be no election under a political government…You (government) try to understand the pulse of the people who want an impartial poll which is not possible under a political government. And it is certainly not possible under Sheikh Hasina (the Prime Minister),” she said while addressing a mammoth rally at Suhrawardy Udyan.
The former premier elaborated that that the election cannot be held under Sheikh Hasina and it would not be as the people would not be able to cast their votes and muscle power of the ruling quarter would occupy the polling centers.
“The present government to hold the elections forcibly to cling to power,” she alleged.
Khaleda demanded of the Election Commission to deploy army with magistracy power during the elections and not to introduce Electrical Voting Machine (EVM) system to hold the next polls.
“It is your (EC’s) responsibility to hold a free and fair election in the country. You should talk about necessity of a neutral government for this. You have to stop EVM and deploy army along with police,” she said.
The BNP chief argued that if army is not deployed the muscle force would capture polling centers and carry out repression on opposition activists.
“People are waiting…if they get a chance they will cast their votes for the sheaf of paddy and prove that they are yet to forget Zia,” she said adding that if the election is held in a free and fai rmanner the voter would go to the polling centres and they would give their votes in faovur of their favorite candidates.
The BNP organized the rally to mark the National Revolution and Solidarity Day but it ultimately turned into a show of party strength ahead of the next general polls.
Khaleda said her party does not believe in politics of vengeance and said they want to bring about a qualitative change in the politics and they want to exercise politics of unity.
She said unity is not possible without talks among the ruling and opposition parties.
“We want to see an effective parliament where there will be discussion on national issues,” she said.
She alleged that the government during its 10 years ruling carried out untold repressions, many people were killed, many were victim of enforced disappearances and thousands of people were implicated in false cases.
Khaleda mentioned that she told that she forgave but the people do not want accept it.
Referring to statement of a ruling party leader, the BNP chief said they do not want to do politics of violence but she warned that they want to carry out a drive for purification.
“We will carry out a purification drive. We will try to turn them into a real human,” she uttered.
During her one hour long speech, Khaleda focused on different electoral promises including providing allowances for those would remain unemployment for more than one year.
Referring to her party’s Vision 2030, she said if voted to power the BNP would return the democratic rights and ownership of the country to people, establish justice, turn population into human resources, free education for all students till masters degree, provide free medical treatment to all citizens, introduce insurance for all in phases, providing jobs to all educated people and providing seeds, fertilizer and insecticide at a fair price and ensure fair price of agricultural products.
Khaleda also assured natural disaster affected people to waiver their agri loans and rural employment generation so that they prefer to work at their own villages.
Thousands of people from the city and nearby districts including Narayanganj, Gazipur and Narsingdi started thronging at Suhrawardy Udyan from the morning and there was a huge gathering in and around the venue including Shahbagh, Motshya Bhaban, High Court area and Ramna Park.
Many activists came from nearby district alleged that they had to join the meeting by walking from a far distance as they did not find any transport on the way.
The BNP chairperson accused the government of creating obstructions in different places so that people cannot join the rally and said they proved them as “mean minded.”
“Doing politics is not possible with such a mean mind. It is also not possible to do any good thing for the country and its people,” she said.
Presided over by BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir, the rally also addressed, among others, by Dr Khandaker Mosharraf Hossain, Barrister Moudud Ahmed, Mirza Abbas, Barrister Jamiruddin Sircar, Giyeshwar Chandra Roy, Nazrul Islam Khan, Amir Khosru Mahmud Chowdhury,Abdullah Al Noman, Advocate Joynal Abedin, Syed Moazzem Hossain Alal and Habib-un-Nabi Khan Sohel.
Khaleda accused the government of snatching the freedom of express and said they afraid of the people.
She alleged that the government failed to materialize many of its electoral pledges including ensuring rice price at Tk 10 for one kg, providing free fertilizer jobs in every home.
The BNP chief also accused the ruling party quarters of plundering money saying that the cost of construction of roads and bridges 3 to 4 times higher than Europe and America.
She alleged that the government forced to Chief Justice to go abroad and later to resign from abroad by using agencies. “It is proved that the CJ has to resign as he (CJ) had accused the government of controlling the lower courts and trying to control the upper court.”
Khaleda also accused the ruling party leaders of laundering crores of Taka abroad and involving in corruption in the name of Digital Bangladesh. She alleged that the Anti-Corruption Commission does not carryout investigation into them.
The BNP chief reiterated her call to the international agencies and influential countries including Russia, China and India to immediately take effective measures to return the Rohingyas to Myanmar ensuring their safety and citizenship.
She expressed her concern over the increased number of women repression and said the government failed in everywhere.
She demanded immediate release the party leaders and activists who were poured in prisons in false cases.
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.
The rally formally began with the participation of huge party leaders and activists around 2pm through recitation from the holy Quran.
Huge law enforcers were deployed in and around the rally venue to avert any possible untoward incident.
The party, however, alleged that the government stopped bus services from different adjacent districts to the capital in a planned way to prevent gathering of people in its rally at Suhrawardy Udyan. – – Staff Reporter