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Fakhrul: Will not lose Dhaka city polls in advance

  • Published at 10:18 pm January 17th, 2020
Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir
BNP Secretary General Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir, middle, at a round-table discussion at National Press Club in Dhaka on Friday, January 17, 2020 Mahmud Hossain Opu/Dhaka Tribune

Taking part in the polls part of movement against government, the BNP leader says

The Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) will not concede defeat in the Dhaka city polls before the voting takes place, party Secretary General Mirza Fakhrul Islam said on Friday.

Speaking at a round-table discussion at National Press Club in Dhaka on Friday, the senior BNP leader said the party was optimistic about securing a massive victory in the elections to Dhaka North and Dhaka South city corporations, scheduled for January 30, and win the city residents’ mandate. 

The discussion, titled “Mistrust on elections, use of EVMs: Current context,” was organized by pro-BNP body Bangladesh Sammilita Peshajibi Parishad. 

Speaking at the discussion, Fakhrul said: “Many people are joining the campaigns of BNP-endorsed candidates in the city polls. We have to keep the momentum going – and win the elections. Such massive public support can never go in vain.”

Terming BNP’s participation in the polls a movement against the government, he said: “Even being critical of the government is a movement right now. We are involved in this (movement) every second.” 

Fakhrul said during BNP’s nationwide protests to topple the government in 2015, the party suffered huge losses and is still struggling to recover. 

“We are still struggling to overcome the losses that we incurred during the 2014 general election and the 2015 protests,” he added.  

Hinting that the party had failed to wage a successful anti-government movement over the last few years, Fakhrul said: “BNP is a liberal party and it will proceed as per its own character. It would not be wise for anyone to expect a revolution from BNP all of a sudden. 

“We move courts and take part in elections as part of our movement. We hope to stage a bigger movement by putting together such activities,” he maintained, suggesting not to hold protests for any silly decision. 

Addressing the event, Nagorik Oikya Convener Mahmudur Rahman Manna called the electronic voting machines (EVMs) a hoax. “The ruling party imported the EVMs for the Election Commission, to benefit from them,” he added. 

The discussion was chaired by Shawkat Mahmud, acting convener of the BSPP, where Rajshahi Engineering and Technology University Professor Akhtar Hossain presented a keynote paper.