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11th parliamentary polls: BNP voices objections to Awami League's unilateral campaign

  • Published at 09:20 pm February 27th, 2018
11th parliamentary polls: BNP voices objections to Awami League's unilateral campaign
BNP has sent a letter to the Election Commission (EC) registering its objection to Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s “unilateral” electoral campaign in favour of her party at both home and abroad expending public money. BNP Secretary General Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir sent the letter to Chief Election Commission (CEC) KM Nurul Huda on Sunday, reports UNB. BNP Assistant Office Secretary Monir Hossain handed over the letter to the Commission, confirmed the party’s press wing staff Sairul Kabir Khan. In the letter, the party elaborately described when and how the prime minister sought vote for her party’s electoral symbol, boat, from the country’s people at different rallies and from Bangladeshi expatriates during her visit to different countries. Contacted, BNP Senior Joint Secretary General Ruhul Kabir Rizvi said the prime minister is carrying out a lopsided campaign in favour of her party spending money from the public exchequer and her party ministers are also doing the same.
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“We think such unilateral campaign is a major obstacle to holding a fair and credible election in the country. Therefore, we have apprised the Election Commission of the matter,” added Rizvi, a member of the party’s highest policymaking body National Standing Committee. Earlier on Monday, Barrister Moudud Ahmed, another member of the committee, too slated the ruling Awami League for launching their electoral campaign way before the announcement of the polls schedule, adds our correspondent Kamrul Hassan. “The Election Commission should send write to the ruling party asking it to stop its campaign, or the Commission should make sure all other political parties are enjoying the same opportunity and conduct campaigns in favour of their respective electoral symbols,” he said. “The prime minister is conducting campaigns for her party with money from the state exchequer, while our chairperson [Khaleda Zia] has been in jail.  What a farcical situation we are undergoing!”