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PM violates polls code by seeking votes while in power: BNP

'AL monopolises corruption'

April 03, 2018 00:00:00

A BNP senior leader alleged on Monday that Prime Minister (PM) Sheikh Hasina is making 'mockery' with people by seeking vote for her party after 'snatching' voting right, reports UNB.

"The Prime Minister has clearly violated the election code of conduct by carrying out campaign for 'boat' in Chandpur after the announcement of the election schedule for two city corporations", he said.

BNP senior joint secretary general Ruhul Kabir Rizvi made the comments while speaking at a press conference at the party's Nayapaltan central office in the city.

"It's nothing but making mockery with people by seeking vote from them by a Prime Minister who has snatched their voting rights," he said.

Rizvi said the Election Commission has announced schedules for Gazipur and Khulna City polls just two days back.

"The elections will be held under party line with their election symbols. So, if the Prime Minister seeks vote for her party's election symbol boat anywhere in the country, it'll be a violation of the election code of conduct."

Referring to the Prime Minister's comment that seeking vote for her party is her political right, Rizvi questioned why Sheikh Hasina is not carrying out the campaign for her party as Awami League president to exercise such right.

"The Prime Minister is spending public money, using public helicopter, circuit houses, government vehicles and protocols to reach rally venues. People want to know what kind of your political right it is to seek vote for Awami League availing of all state facilities," he questioned.

He also came down hard on the Election Commission for what he said playing a silent role regarding the violation of the election code of conduct by the Prime Minister.

The BNP leader also alleged the Prime Minister is spreading 'blatant lies' against BNP and its chairperson at her different programmes.

Earlier on Saturday, Chief Election Commissioner KM Nurul Huda announced that the elections to Gazipur and Khulna city corporations will be held on May 15.

According to the election schedule, the deadline for the submission of nomination papers is April 12, while the dates for scrutinising those are April 15 and 16, and the last date for withdrawal of candidature is April 23.

BNP senior leaders at a meeting on Sunday night decided to join the city polls as part of their movement to 'restore' people's voting and other rights.

Meanwhile, BNP senior leader Amir Khasru Mahmud Chowdhury alleged on Monday state-sponsored corruption is now taking place in Bangladesh as the ruling party men made it their 'monopoly'.

The BNP leader came up with remarks while speaking at a discussion organised by Bangladesh Jatiyatabadi Projonmo 71, a pro-BNP platform, at the National Press Club in the city, seeking BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia's unconditional release from jail

He also alleged the government is trying to keep functional the banks facing liquidity crisis through 'window dressing' only to deceive people until the election.

Khasru, a BNP standing committee member, said the way the country is run by one party, corruption is also taking place by a party. "If anyone wants to indulge in corruption, he or she must be involved with Awami League. It's called state-sponsored corruption."

He said thousands of crore of taka are now being plundered from banks, share market and mega project through corruption with the backing by the state. "It's clear to people who are involved in corruption and looting."

The BNP leader alleged that the ruling party men are siphoning off huge money abroad after making quick buck from quick rental power and through mega corruption in mega projects.

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