Dhaka, Bangladesh
AL plans poll without BNP fearing defeat: Fakhrul

AL plans poll without BNP fearing defeat: Fakhrul

Action against Langadu attackers sought

BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir on Sunday alleged that Awami League is trying to hold the next national election keeping BNP aside for fear of facing a debacle, reports UNB. "Awami League wants to hold controlled parliamentary polls without BNP's participation as the party knows it very well that it won't be able to win the election if BNP joins it," he said. The BNP leader came up with the remarks while speaking at a discussion arranged by Jatiyatabadi Swechchhasebak Dal at the Institution of Engineers, Bangladesh, marking BNP founder Ziaur Rahman's 36th founding anniversary. He said the ruling party leaders are seeking votes across the country while BNP leaders are busy with dealing with 'false' cases filed against them. Fakhrul said the country's people will foil all the plots of the government to hold another January-5, 2014 like lopsided election. "They're living in a fool's paradise if they think they'll be able to hold a unilateral election sending BNP leaders and activists in jail." Opposing the proposed national budget for fiscal year 2017-18, the BNP leader said the country's people are not saying it is a good budget. "Even, pro-Awami League people are saying it's a bad budget." He said the government has imposed huge tax burden on people to take mega projects only for creating scope for ruling party men to plunder public money. Mentioning that the government has destroyed democracy and snatched people's basic and voting rights, Fakhrul called upon all to get united for putting up a strong resistance against it and restore all the 'lost' rights. Terming brutal the attacks on innocent Chakma community and torching of their houses in Rangamati's Langadu upazila, BNP on Sunday demanded immediate action against the perpetrators, reports UNB. In a statement, BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir also demanded the government track down the killers of local Jubo League leader Nurul Islam Nayan and mete out punishment to them. Earlier on Friday, Bangalee settlers made a series of arson attacks on the Chakma community and reportedly torched over 100 of their houses over the death of the Jubo League leader. "We strongly denounce the brutal arson attacks on the hilly people and damage of their houses," Fakhrul said. He said their party believes in warm coexistence of Bangalees and hilly people in the Chittagong Hill Tracts. The BNP leader alleged that Bangalee settlers unleashed the attacks on the Chakma community shifting the blame on them for the murder of the Jubo League leader only on suspicion. "Such ferocious attacks can no way be acceptable." He urged the local administration to take necessary measures promptly to restore peace and normalcy in the violence-hit areas. Fakhrul also demanded the government take steps for rehabilitating the affected Chakma families.

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