The party, however, has decided boycotting the country’s first ever Zila Parishad polls terming the procedure of holding the election ‘contrary to the Constitution’.
BNP Secretary General Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir told this to the media yesterday emerging out of a standing committee meeting at 10:30pm at the party chairperson’s Gulshan office in Dhaka.
He told the awaiting reporters: “We have decided to vie for the NCC polls. But as the Zila Parishad Election is contrary to constitution, we won’t participate in it.”
Candidates interested to contest the NCC polls will have to submit nomination papers by November 24.
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He also said: “Protesting the issuance of arrest warrant against BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia, we will stage demonstration across the country.”
Alleging that the arrest warrant was issued on the instruction of the Awami League-led government, he said protesting this politics of vendetta of the ruling coterie; BNP will stage peaceful demonstration in all the districts and all the thanas of metropolitan cities.
“Issuance of the arrest warrant is not only ridiculous. It’s a part of the government blue-print,” he claimed.
Mentionable, a Dhaka court issued the arrest warrant in a case filed for celebrating what the plaintiff called fake birthday on the national mourning day on 15 August.
The Zila Parishad election is slated to be held just a week after the NCC polls, on 28 December
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As with the last Upazila, Pourashava and Union Parishad elections, political parties will be allowed to compete for the first time in these local polls, although their participation will be restricted to the chairman’s post.
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