Awami League warns of countermeasures
BNP has rejected the Dhaka South City Corporation (DSCC) and Dhaka North City Corporation (DNCC) polls and called a dawn to dusk hartal on Sunday only in Dhaka city.
BNP Secretary General Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir confirmed this at a BNP Naya Paltan central office press briefing on Saturday.
Raising several allegations about the city polls, the BNP secretary general urged people to observe the shutdown peacefully.
Meanwhile, Awami League has vowed to resist the hartal by deploying its leaders and activists at major locations on Dhaka streets.
Claiming that BNP called an undemocratic hartal to hide their failure in the city polls, Awami League Joint General Secretary Mahbubul Alam Hanif said their (Awami League) activists will be on the streets to avoid any untoward incidents.
“Any anti-people program will be resisted,” he told Dhaka Tribune.
Earlier in the day at a separate press briefing, Fakhrul termed the mayoral election “nothing but a farce.”
He also said Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina violated the rules by asking voters to vote for "boat" which she cannot do as prime minister.
“Her words might have incited Awami League supporters to get involved in violating the rules at polling stations,” he said.
He said presiding officers at some polling stations revealed the secret pin code of EVM machines to other officers at the polling station, which is a violation of the rules.
He said the technical support teams at polling stations took advantage of the EVM machines to cast fake votes.
He also said the “sheaf of paddy” symbol was absent on some EVMs.