The government may have brought major changes in the district and police administrations as part of its “evil plan” to shape the election field for the Awami League to hold snap polls, keeping BNP chief Khaleda Zia out of the race, said BNP on Monday.
“A few days ago, the government’s accomplice HM Ershad said the election would be held before its schedule. Twenty-two deputy commissioners and 29 superintendents of police were appointed and transferred yesterday [Sunday]. This move has raised the question whether it is a sign of early election,” BNP Senior Joint Secretary General Ruhul Kabir Rizvi said during a press conference at the party’s Naya Paltan central office.
“Many questions have arisen in people's mind as it was not a routine reshuffle. It seems they [the government] has an evil design behind it. As it is the election year, they are trying to create an Awami-style election field,” he further said.
Rizvi warned that there would be no use of shaping the election environment in favour of the Awami League as people will resist any move to hold the election without Khaleda Zia.
On Sunday, the government appointed new deputy commissioners at 22 districts and transferred and designated new jobs for 29 superintendents of police.
Rizvi criticized Awami League General Secretary Obaidul Quader for advising the BNP to hold indoor programs instead of taking to the streets, saying Obaidul spoke like a zonal martial administrator.
“When the martial law is enforced, political parties are advised to hold indoor programs. He [Obaidul] is also talking in a similar tone. We are holding democratic programs, and we have the right to hold outdoor programs,” Rizvi said.
The BNP leader said though the Awami League leaders always speak about democracy, they hold authoritarian and one-party Baksal spirit in their minds.
Rizvi alleged that police obstructed their party’s scheduled demonstration programs in different parts of the country including Kushtia, Jhalakati, Pirojpur and Brahmanbaria on Monday.
He also alleged that police arrested many BNP leaders and activists across the country.
The senior BNP leader demanded that the government immediately release all arrested leaders and followers of the party.