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Rizvi: BNP’s registration in people’s hands, not with EC

  • Published at 09:36 pm September 28th, 2018
File photo of BNP Senior Joint Secretary General Ruhul Kabir Rizvi Courtesy

The BNP leader also said the CEC's comment exposed that he is putting in his best effort to hold a stage-managed election

BNP has hurled allegations against Chief Election Commissioner KM Nurul Huda of trying to intimidate the partyin joiningthe election under Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, by warningof the risk of registration cancellation arising from boycott of election.

Speaking at a press conference at BNP's Nayapaltan central office on Friday, BNP senior joint Secretary General Ruhul Kabir Rizvi said: “The Chief Election Commissioner said BNP's registration will be at stake if it does not join the polls this time.

"CEC KM Nurul Huda has become a genuine Baksal-like spokesman. He is intimidating BNP by talking about the risk of its registration annulment so that the party participate in unilateral Baksali election under Sheikh Hasina."

The BNP leader also said the CEC's comment exposed that he is putting in his best effort to hold a stage-managed election, reports UNB.

He claimed that the BNP is least bothered about its political registration with the Election Commission since its position is very strong among people. 

"BNP's registration is in hands of the people. There's no point of talking about the paper-based registration of popular political parties since their survival depends on people's judgment," Rizvi commented.

Alleging that the CEC enjoys serving the ruling party, the BNP said: "We would like to tell the CEC, he will also face the risk of removal alongside the government if he has any evil plan over BNP's registration."

Commenting onBNP's planned public rally for Saturday, Rizvi said they still did not get permission from the Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP) in this regard.

"We're still focusing on holding the rally on Saturday, but we can also do it on Sunday if they give permission," Rizvi added.

Rizvi further said that the party had sought the concerned authorities’ permission last Monday  to hold a public rally either at Suhrawardy Udyan or in front of their party's Nayapaltan central office on Thursday, but on Tuesday they rescheduled it for Saturday (today). 

However, the party on Thursday sought fresh permission from the DMP authorities to hold the public rally on Sunday as the authorities reportedly had requested a change to the rally’s schedule.