MK Anwar challenges Hasina to contest polls, test popularity

MK Anwar challenges Hasina to contest polls, test popularity

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BNP standing committee member MK Anwar on Sunday threw a challenge to Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina for testing her popularity by contesting polls against him from his constituency in Comilla. “The government’s popularity has gone down to a zero level. I challenge you (PM) to contest an election against me from my constituency. I’m telling you, I’ll accept you as the Prime Minister with a salute if you can win it,” he said. MK Anwar, also a former minister, said this while addressing a discussion organised by Jatiyatabadi Mohila Dal at the Jatiya Press Club, marking the 33rd death anniversary of BNP founder Ziaur Rahman. Accusing the ruling party men of involving in countrywide killings and forced disappearances, he said it has got exposed through investigations that Awami League men were involved in the gruesome killings in Narayanganj and Feni. The BNP leader urged the ruling party men to shun the path of killing and abduction. “The country is going through a critical juncture. The government is not caring about anything. They’ve created an anarchic situation in the country only to cling to power. No one is now safe in the country,” he observed. Pointing at the Prime Minister, MK Anwar said, “The path you are now following is thorny. Retreat from it and hold a fresh national election under a non-party caretaker government. Otherwise, the consequences won’t be good.” The BNP leader claimed that a Sri Lankan newspaper published a news item a year back that 100 cadres from Bangladesh had been trained in India on forced disappearance. “They were also given a list of those needed to be made disappeared. As per the list, the forced disappearances are now taking place.” Criticising the Prime Minister for her remarks that Zia had tried to destroy Awami League, MK Anwar said, “Ziaur Rahman revived Awami League as Sheikh Mujibur Rahman had buried it by forming Baksal through the fourth amendment to the constitution.” – UNB

 

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