BNP Secretary General Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir has said the new visa policy of the USA targeting Bangladesh's next election has reflected the people's long-standing demand for restoration of voting rights, reports UNB.
In a statement in the early hours of Friday, he also said the main theme of the US visa policy is to ensure all the process for arranging the upcoming parliamentary elections in Bangladesh in a free, fair, participatory and acceptable manner.
At the same time, the BNP leader said the stance taken by the US government against any move to rig votes, intimidate voters, violently suppress the people's freedom of peaceful assembly and exercise of their rights is a clear echo of the long-standing demand of the people of Bangladesh for a free and fair election.
"BNP thinks the changed US policy has clearly reflected the long-standing demand of the democracy-loving people of Bangladesh, including BNP, for ensuring people's right to franchise," he observed.
The BNP leader said they clearly observed that not only the law enforcement agencies, including the police, are brought under the new US visa policy but also the judiciary, administration, security-related government employees, former and current government officials and political leaders who, directly or indirectly, can disrupt the electoral system. "Their family members are also brought under the preview of the visa policy."