Revange misdeeds silently, Khaleda asks voters

Revange misdeeds silently, Khaleda asks voters

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BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia yesterday urged the city dwellers of Dhaka and Chittagong to take silent revenge against all the misdeeds of the government by exercising their ballots in the April 28 city polls.
“Your vote is a great force against injustice. Use it properly. Please carryout a silent revoluation against the misdeeds of the government,” she said at a crowded press conference at her Gulshan political office.
The former premier called upon the people to build resistance from each polling centre and area if terrorism and manipulation takes place in the April 28 city polls in Dhaka and Chittagong corporations.“I urge the city people to guard each polling station after ending of the voting in the afternoon and leave the centre after proper declaration of the result so that nobody could change your verdict,” she said.
Khaleda Zia termed the Tuesday’s city polls as a “test case” for the government, ruling party, Election Commission, administration and law enforcing agencies.
“If they fail to behave properly, create a level playing field, hold the city polls in a festive mood and change the people’s verdict through terrorism, dacoity and manipulation, it will clearly be proved that thinking of holding election under them will be totally unrealistic and irrelevant,” she said.
The BNP chairperson reiterated the demand to deploy army in election areas before, during and after the city polls with magisterial power.
“It is unfortunate that the loyal Election Commission has taken a position of trick in the name of deployment of army to at the directives of the rulers for engineering the ballots,” she alleged.
She termed keeping members of armed forces in the cantonment as reserve force and taking their assistance upon requests from the returning officer as “meaningless” and “deceiving”.
Khaleda accused the ruling party backed candidates of distributing money among the voters and said they have received allegation against them of purchasing votes from shanties and poor people.
She said that the voters fear and defeat among the ruling party has become clear and that’s why the rulers are obstructing opposition candidates in electioneering. “They are also carrying out all-out acts of terrorism and creating a panicky situation so that voters do not go to the polling centre,” she added.
“We want to continue our fight against terror and evil tactics peacefully even amid severe adverse situation as we believe that the city dwellers of Dhaka and Chittagong will take their revenge and give a befitting reply to their repression and evil activities through silent revolution of ballots, if they get an opportunity,” she said.
The former premier called upon the city dwellers to cast their votes for BNP backed mayoral aspirants Mirza Abbas for Dhaka South City Corporation (DSCC), Tabith Awal for Dhaka North City Corporation (DNCC) and M. Monjurul Alam for Chittagong City Corporation and the councillor candidates for three cities to protest against repression and injustice.
“We have decided to support both young and old candidates combining the youth and experienced persons… Please cast you vote in favour of change, for the peace and relief and against humiliation and terror,” she said.
Replying to a question, the BNP chairperson accused Awami League president and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina of violating the code of conduct by introducing the ruling party candidates formally.
“Holding state power by you has now become dangerous for you as riding on a tiger. You are afraid to get down…We are not revengeful like you…Come to the path of democracy and dialogue. We will help you to come down,” she said.
Khaleda also accused the ministers and ruling party MPs of violating the election code of conduct and criticised the EC for its silence in their regard.
She rejected allegation against her of violation of the election code of conduct saying that she did not carry out election campaign in motorcade rather vehicles carrying her security and women and media followed her.
Asked whether the non-stop blockade programme of the 20-party alliance is on, Khaleda said they are yet to take any decision in this regard as they could not meet with alliance leaders.
She however said that the blockade programme is no longer effective now. Replying to another question, Khaleda said they would sit together after the polls and take next course of action if any irregularities take place in the city polls.
In her four-page written statement, Khaleda mentioned 33-points “misdeeds” of the government including plundering money in the name of quick rental and turning the city as the city of garbage, traffic congestion.
She also placed 7-point arguments to justify as to how the 20-party decided to take part in the city corporation polls.
“We have demanded holding of the national elections under a non-partisan government and this demand will not be application for holding the local government election,” she said.
Senior BNP and alliance leaders including Barrister Moudud Ahmed and Nazrul Islam Khan of BNP, Redwanullah Shahedi of Jamaat, Maulana Abdul Latif Nezami of IOJ, Redwan Ahmed of LDP and Shafiul Alam Prodhan of Jagpa, among others, were present on the occasion. – Staff Reporter

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