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Khaleda: Polls must be under supportive-govt with army deployment

  • Published at 10:11 am June 27th, 2017
  • Last updated at 10:14 am June 27th, 2017
Khaleda: Polls must be under supportive-govt with army deployment
BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia has said the next national election must be held under a supportive-government with the deployment of army to ensure good governance. She made the statement while exchanging greetings with journalists at Bangabandhu International Conference Centre, marking the Eid-ul-Fitr on Monday, reports UNB. The BNP chief said the election will not be fair and voters cannot go to polling stations if it is held under Awami League and Sheikh Hasina. Referring to the attack on BNP secretary general's motorcade, Khaleda said: "Can you expect that a good election is possible under Sheikh Hasina even after such an attack on our leaders?" "That is why we are demanding the election under a neutral and supportive government to enable the Election Commission to act neutrally. Along side, the army will have to be deployed.” She added saying a fair election will be possible and voters will be able go to polling stations to cast their votes without any obstruction if army is deployed. Urging Awami League government to quit, Khaleda said: "We will have nothing to say if you return to power through fair and neutral polls." The BNP chief said people’s Eid celebration was ruined because of its failure ensure good governance and control the prices of essentials. She also alleged that the government has destroyed the country and all of its institutions over its 10 years' rule through corruption and plundering. "People now want a change [in power] and expect better services and governance. But, Awami League has failed to deliver on all fronts, and it will not be able to give people anything good in the future as well," she said. Stating that a famine-like situation is prevailing here, Khaleda said: “The government could have dropped food from helicopters for landslide-affected people in the remote areas of the Chittagong Hill Tracts, but they are least bothered about people's sufferings as they are now busy siphoning off money they have made through corruption and looting."