'Your victory is certain if you can go to the polling stations by putting up counter-resistance against those who try to stop you," the BNP leader told the party members
Senior BNP leader Moudud Ahmed has urged leaders and activists of the party and its associate organizations to be prepared for struggle on the voting day in order to cast their ballots under any circumstances.
“This is our last chance and the last test. You will have to cast your votes, if necessary fight for the chance. That means you will have to go to the voting centres and cast your votes by resisting those who will obstruct you. We have no other choice," the BNP Standing Committee member said at an event on Friday to mark BNP acting chairman Tarique Rahman’s 54th birthday.
Organized by Nagorik Odhikar Andolon, a pro-BNP platform, the program was held at National Press Club in Dhaka, reports UNB.
Moudud further said: “Your victory is certain if you can go to the polling stations along with the voters of the sheaf of paddy by putting up counter-resistance against those who try to stop you.
“The government has gotten desperate to win the election by any means, as its intelligence reports suggest that the ruling party has no chance to come out successful, because BNP and its alliance partners are there in the race.”
He said the government was nervous by the wave of people in favour of their election symbol, the sheaf of paddy.
Moudud also criticized the Election Commission for its alleged failure to ensure a level-playing field, saying it has turned into a “nailless ruling party organization.”
“The government's evil designs will fall apart with the wave of mass people in favour of the sheaf of paddy, and people will reflect their will by carrying out a strong fight,” the BNP leader said.
Addressing the issue of incarceration, Moudud said their party leaders and activists were arrested regularly, while many of them could not in their own homes due to harassment by police, even after the announcement of the election schedule.
"The prime minister promised to stop it, but hundreds of our leaders and activists are still being arrested every day," Moudud said.
He alleged that no official of the civil and police administrations had so far been transferred as the government and the Election Commission are working with an identical goal to ensure the victory of Awami League.
The BNP leader said the civil and police administrations were supposed come under the jurisdiction of the Election Commission, but it has failed to do that.
Moudud further said the prime minister recently held a meeting with the returning officers, but the commission did not protest against it. “The civil and police administrations are still under the government's control,” he claimed.
Moudud warned that Bangladesh would turn into a failed state if the commission failed to hold a fair election this time.