Get ready for polls – movement: Khaleda tells BNP workers

Get ready for polls – movement: Khaleda tells BNP workers

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Dhaka 24 Dec – BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia yesterday called upon the party leaders and activists to get ready both for movement and next general elections to restore democracy and the voting rights of the people.
“You have to get ready for whichever programme will be given in the coming days. You have to forge ahead with preparation for both movement and elections,” she said while addressing a rally of freedom fighters rally in the city.
She alleged that the country has now been enchained of dependency by the Awami League government and called upon the people including the freedom fighters to rise once again to free the country.
The former premier also called upon the other political parties to get united and lodge protest against the misdeeds of the government.
“I call upon the other political parties to let us be united and lodge protest against the misdeeds of the government, struggle for democracy and establish a pro-people government though a free and fair election,” she said.
The former premier reiterated her call to the government of holding the next general elections under a neutral administration saying that no election will be allowed under the present government and keeping the present parliament in operative.
“The next elections must be held under a neutral government and after dissolving the parliament,” she added.
Jatiyatabadi Muktijoddha Dal, a pro-BNP freedom fighters’ platform, organized the rally at Mohanagar Nattya Mancha in the city to mark its annual general meeting.
Khaleda alleged that the ruling Awami League has snatched the democratic rights of the people and they are running the country in the then Pakistani style.
She blamed the government for staging judiciary coup by what she said sending the Chief Justice abroad and forcing him to resign.
The BNP chairperson called upon the freedom fighters to raise their voices against the misdeeds of the government and help the country in restoration of the democracy which she said was the aim of the war of liberation.
During the working session, Istiaque Aziz Ulfat and Sadeq Ahmed Khan have been reelected president and general secretary of the Jatiyatabadi Muktijoddha Dal, front organization of the BNP.
During her 35 minutes speech, Khaleda criticized the government for its misdeeds and said there would be no fair election in the country keeping Sheikh Hasina in power.
She accused the present government of violating the constitution by electing 154 lawmakers unopposed.
How a government can raise the question of violation of constitution when they are continuously violating the constitution, she said.
“It is the demand of all to hold the next election under a neutral government. There will be no fair election keeping Hasina in power,” she said.
She alleged that there are no fundamental rights, rule of law and right to hold a rally and said government is going ahead one-party rule.
Khaleda also accused the government of killing people and carrying out enforced disappearance if anyone is taking against the misdeeds of the government.
Criticizing the government for giving permission to hold this rally at the last moment and questioned whether it can be treated a democracy.
The former premier alleged that the former Chief Justice has been forced to go abroad and resign as he raised his concern over the controlling of judiciary and gave observation about the legitimacy of the 154 MPs who were elected unopposed.
She said the AL could not came to power in 2001 elections for their misdeeds but the present situation is three times severe than that of their ruling from 2006 to 2001.
She alleged that the government wants to keep people mum against their misdeeds.
Khaleda also focused on failure of the government in different sectors including controlling the price of essential commodities.
She said if BNP voted to power they would involve the youth to build a modern Bangladesh and provide fertilizer, insecticide and seeds at a lower price.
Presided over by Istiaque Aziz Ulfat, the rally also addressed, among others, by BNP standing committee member Dr KHandaker Mosharraf Hossain, Barrister Moudud Ahmed, Mirza Abbas, Dr Abdul Moin Khan, Liberal Democratic Party chief Col (Retd) Oli Ahmed, Kallayan Party chief Gen (Retd) Muhammed Ibrahim, Abdullah Al Noman and Lt Col (Retd) Joynul Abedin. – Staff Reporter

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