Dhaka, Bangladesh
Scaring won't work, try to convince BNP

Scaring won't work, try to convince BNP

Fakhrul to govt

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, reports UNB. "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." BNP on Thursday alleged that Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina joined an international conference on autism in Bhutan "disabling her own country's politics". "The Prime Minister often visits different countries and roam here and there in peace. She recently went to Bhutan to inaugurate a three-day international conference on persons with disabilities. But, she has no attention to her won country's politics which she kept disabled and people whom she kept maimed," said BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir. He came up with the remarks while speaking at a discussion organised by BNP at the Jatiya Press Club marking the 5th anniversary of 'enforced disappearance' of its leader M Ilias Ali. Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina returned home on Thursday morning from Bhutan wrapping up her three-day state visit. During the tour, the Prime Minister on Wednesday inaugurated a three-day 'International Conference on Autism and Neurodevelopmental Disorders' at the Royal Banquet Hall in the Bhutanese capital. She also unveiled the foundation stone plaque of the Chancery of Bangladesh Embassy at Hejo in presence of Bhutanese King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck and Bhutanese PM Dasho Tshering Tobgay the same day. Referring to the Prime Minister's recent India tour, Fakhrul said it was a failed visit as she returned home empty-handed giving India everything. He said Sheikh Hasina could not have signed any deal with India without Teesta water-sharing one had she been elected with people's votes. The BNP leader alleged that the government has been in power only by resorting to killings, enforced disappearances and repressive acts getting alienated from people. He said there is hardly any BNP leader and activist who is not facing any 'false' case. "Why are the government filing so many false cases against BNP men and torturing them? They're doing it as they know they won't be able to cling to power without it." "Around 36 cases were filed against our chairperson Khaleda Zia while about 80 cases against Tarique Rahman. Our all leaders are facing cases as the government is using it as a weapon to suppress us," Fakhrul said. He also alleged that Awami League is trying to face BNP with false cases as it has got politically bankrupt.

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