BNP: Govt destroyed the electoral system


Banani rape case verdict is distasteful, Fakhrul says

BNP on Friday voiced concern over violence during the Union Parishad (UP) polls and claimed the government had deliberately destroyed the electoral system to hang onto power.

“Common people usually join local government polls with enthusiasm, but the government also destroyed that. Many people died in polls violence [Thursday],” said BNP Secretary General Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir.

Speaking at a discussion, he also said the way ruling party men were seen holding sharp weapons, pistols and sticks in the UP polls was unimaginable. “But the ministers are saying it’s usual bickering. We would like to say the government is behind all these things.”
The BNP leader claimed the government had consciously and deliberately destroyed democracy and politics in the country. “Their main motive is not allowing anyone to do politics here and thus perpetuate their power.”

Fakhrul also slammed Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) KM Nurul Huda for describing the UP polls as free and fair despite alleged widespread violence. “This gentleman [CEC] has no sense of shame.”

A faction of Jatiya Ganotantrik Party arranged the program at the National Press Club to mark the “civil-military uprising” on November 7, 1975.

Fakhrul mentioned that US President Joe Biden had invited 100 countries to a virtual Summit for Democracy. “But it’s a matter of shame that Bangladesh’s name is not there. It means the country is now being identified as an undemocratic one. Nothing can be more unfortunate than that.”
He claimed the current government was so vindictive that it did not allow ailing Khaleda Zia to go abroad for advanced treatment.

The BNP leader said the nation is going through a tough time due to the ‘misrule’ of the Awami League government. “No one is now happy. We all are now suffering from a sense of discomfort.”

He urged people of all walks of life and all political parties to get united and put up a strong resistance against the government to overcome the current situation.

Raintree Hotel case verdict ‘disgraceful’
Fakhrul expressed displeasure over the verdict in the Raintree Hotel rape case, saying all women had been insulted by it.

“The verdict in a case filed in connection with raping two students at Raintree Hotel was delivered yesterday (Thursday). As we see in the newspaper, the accused gave confessional statements in court. But the verdict was given acquitting them,” he said.

“What is the reason? The reason is those who were arrested and accused are powerful. They have so much money, jewellery and MPs…. I strongly protest it. I’m disappointed and I’m aggrieved. We can’t accept such a verdict,” the BNP leader said.

On Thursday, the Women and Children Repression Prevention Tribunal-7 acquitted five youths, including Apan Jewellers owner’s son Shafat Ahmed, of the charge of raping two university students at Raintree Dhaka hotel in the capital in 2017

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