Thursday, April 19, 2018 | ePaper

Fakhrul to govt

Try to ensure BNP`s joining next polls

  • Print


BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir on Thursday urged the government to try to ensure their party's participation in the next general election instead of scaring it of cancelling its registration with the Election Commission.
"Look for ways how you'll take BNP to polls. There's no point in freighting us that our party's registration will be annulled if we boycott the election. No national election will be held in the country without BNP's participation," he told a discussion.
Fakhrul also warned the government that it will not be able to subdue BNP by resorting to killing and enforced disappearance, and threatening to arrest its leaders and activists.
BNP arranged the programme at the Jatiya Press Club marking the 5th anniversary of 'enforced disappearance' of its leader M Ilias Ali.        Ilias Ali, BNP's the then Sylhet divisional organising secretary and a former MP, went missing along with his driver Ansar Ali on the midnight of April 17 in 2012. Since then, BNP has been blaming security agencies for his mysterious disappearance, an allegation denied by the government.
Reacting to AL leader Mohammad Nasim's remark that the polls will not hamper if BNP does not join it, Fakhrul said the ruling party will not be allowed to hold a lopsided election or manipulate it staying in power this time.
"As a liberal democratic and election-oriented party, BNP wants to join the election, but it is Awami League which will have to pave a way for BNP to join it by removing all obstacles. The election must be held under a nonparty and neutral government and a neutral Election Commission. Otherwise, no polls will be allowed to be held," the BNP leader said.
Mentioning that their party is forming new committees of its many units across the country, he asked his party colleagues to get united and create strongholds of the party at every part of the country to make their anti-government movement a success.  Fakhrul accused the government of perpetuating its power by using enforced disappearance as a weapon, and said it has made over 500 BNP leaders and activists, including Ilias Ali, disappeared. He demanded the government immediately return Ilias to his family. "Or else, you will have to be accountable for it some day."

More News For this Category

Angry anti-Modi protests in London

LONDON (Reuters) :Hundreds of noisy protesters greeted Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi when he arrived in London on Wednesday, demonstrating over a rising tide of sexual violence at home, including

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina now in London for attending the inaugural function of CHOGM-2018 shaking hands with British Prime Minister Theresa May at Lancaster House on Thursday. Commonwealth Secretary General Patrica Scotland looks on.

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina now in London for attending the inaugural function of CHOGM-2018 shaking hands with British Prime Minister Theresa May at Lancaster House on Thursday. Commonwealth Secretary General Patrica Scotland looks on.

 More US actions against Myanmar coming: Brownback

More US actions against Myanmar coming: Brownback

bdnews24.com :The visiting US ambassador at large for international religious freedom has said they will take more actions against Myanmar as the investigations into the Rohingya "ethnic cleansing" are moving

Gazette delayed for PM office's inactivity

Staff Reporter :Gazette notification abolishing quota system in public services is being delayed as the Public Administration is waiting for the PM office's directives.A ministry official disclosed the information to

Move to settle BB heist case outside court

Kazi Zahidul Hasan :Finance Minister AMA Muhith will hold a bilateral meeting with the Governor of Philippines Central Bank Nestor A. Espenilla Jr seeking the latter's active cooperation to speed

Hospital staff, police nexus!

UNB, Chattogram :She took her newborn baby girl to a private hospital in the city for treatment. After two days of treatment, the hospital authorities handed over the body of

Queen hosts C'wealth leaders

Queen hosts C'wealth leaders

The Queen has welcomed leaders to "my own home", Buckingham Palace, as she hosts the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM).She told the gathering of dignitaries, royals and the PM

Conditions in Rohingya refugee camps 'very poor'

Reuters, YANGON :A Myanmar minister expressed concerns on Thursday about "very poor conditions" in Rohingya refugee camps in neighbouring Bangladesh, and said repatriation of the Muslim minority should start as

3 policemen hurt in firing by drug dealers

Three policemen sustained bullet injuries as drug dealer fired gunshots targeting the law enforcers during an anti-drug drive in the city's Gendaria area on Thursday afternoon. Police arrested two alleged

Bangladesh polls pose a challenge to regional stability

Asia Times :Elections are expected in Bangladesh soon, as by law they must take place between October 31 and December 31 this year. This is not an easy prospect either