BNP acting secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir yesterday said they would stay in the field till the announcement of the result of municipal polls.
“Despite the allegation against the Election Commission, our candidates will contest the polls and stay in the field till the announcement of the poll result,” he said after a meeting with the senior party leaders.
The meeting at BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia’s Gulshan office with Fakhrul Islam Alamgir in the chair. Members of BNP’s election coordination committee were present.
The BNP leader said the BNP is participating there in the municipal election under the banner of 20-party alliance.
Replying to a question he admitted that the party has problem in a few municipalities but they have an understanding with the alliance partners.
Fakhrul alleged that the Election Commission would not be able to hold a fair election as long as the incumbent government was in power.
Replying to another question, he said Jamaat is not in the election race since it doesn’t have its election symbol.
So, he said, how do you consider Jamaat as it’s separately contesting the polls?
He said BNP has got only a few rebels mayoral contestants in the December 30 elections.
“Most of the of the dissidents withdrew their candidatures. Only one or two are still in the race. We hope they’ll also retreat from the race,” he hoped
He said they still did not take any decision to expel the rebels who are contesting the polls ignoring the party decision.
Asked whether the BNP would extend its support to any other contestants in the municipalities where there is no BNP nominated candidates, he replied in the negative.
About joining of party chief Khaleda Zia in the electioneering, he said no decision has been taken as yet.