Describing PM’s Adviser HT Imam as the chief Imam of the ruling party, BNP on Tuesday claimed that the Election Commission had arranged farcical polls on January-5 as per his blueprint.
“We’d said about irregularities in an election under a partisan administration. They’d dined. But now HT Imam has divulged all the evil designs behind the January-5 polls,” said BNP acting secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir.
Addressing a discussion, he further said, “HT Imam was in charge of overseeing election though he had no post during the last polls. His remarks proved how he’d arranged a farcical unilateral election on January 5 by the puppet Election Commission and conducting mobile courts by their party men.”Bangladesh Chhatra Forum and Uttaranchal Chhatra Forum organised the programme at the Jatiya Press Club, marking BNP senior vice chairman Tarique Rahman’s 50th birthday.
Fakhrul claimed that people did not believe HT Imam’s statements he made at a press conference on Monday saying the media misrepresented his speech. “People did not accept his press conference’s speech.”
Earlier last week, HT Imam, addressing a BCL programme at Dhaka University, said, “You (BCL men) just pass the written test of BCS, we’ll see how much we can help you with the viva voce. Our leader (Sheikh Hasina) has told us to arrange jobs for you by any means.”
He also pointed out the advantage of having party men in the administration, and how the AL benefited from them. “Days before the January-5 polls, many pro-Awami League officials were inducted into mobile courts that helped the government resist the BNP-Jamaat’s bid to thwart the election. They (pro-AL officials) stood beside us,” Imam said.
Amid criticisms by the opposition parties and his party colleagues, HT Imam at a press conference on Monday claimed his speech was represented ‘fragmentarily’ by a section of the media spreading a wrong message that he assured Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) leaders of jobs in the civil service.
He also noted that the BNP-Jamaat clique took full advantage of the ‘fragmentary’ representation of his speech.
Referring to removed minister Abdul Latif Siddique’s much-talked about speech at programme in the USA, Fakhrul said like HT Imam Latif also divulged two things of Awami League — Awami League doesn’t believe in religion and Prime Minister’s ICT adviser Sajeeb Wazed Joy gets $1, 60, 00000 as remuneration per month.
He demanded the government let people know the exact remuneration of Joy.
The BNP spokesmen alleged that the government is trying to suppress their movement by filing false cases and intensifying its repressive acts against the opposition leaders and activists.
He also criticised the government for issuing a court summon after filing a false case against BNP senior vice chairman Tarique Rahman.
Fakhrul warned the government that it will not be able to subdue the opposition’s movement with its repressive acts.
The BNP leader also urgedhis party men to take all-out preparations for a strong movement to dislodge the current regime. “The country is going through a critical time. The government has destroyed economy and strangled democracy. Under this circumstance, we don’t have any alternative to waging a fierce movement,” he added.
Fakhrul claimed that BNP is on the movement to restore democracy instead of going to power.- UNB