BNP Secretary General Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir on Friday said the government has yet to create a conducive environment for holding the next general election in a free and fair manner.
He said the aim of the Election Commission is to put Awami League into power and consolidate a one-party system in the country.
Fakhrul was talking to reporters after offering prayers at the grave of his party’s former secretary general Khandaker Delwar Hossain in Ghior upazila of Manikganj, marking the latter’s seventh death anniversary.
“The fact that the current Election Commission will work as per directives of the ruling Awami League is now crystal clear to all. People of the country will never support such a lopsided election. So, we will have to think about whether our party should join the polls or not,” Fakhrul added.
Earlier, on Thursday, Chief Election Commissioner KM Nurul Huda said five city corporation elections – Gazipur, Rajshahi, Khulna, Barisal and Sylhet city corporations – would be held by July this year.
“The true meaning of holding such elections is nothing but strengthening the arm of the ruling” Fakhrul claimed.
The BNP second-in-command also highlighted the need for a level-playing field, saying a conducive, stable electoral environment would never be created until equal political rights of all political parties are ensured.
Among others, BNP vice chairmen AZM Zahid and Iqbal Mahmud Tuku, former Swechchha Sebak Dal president Meer Sarafat Ali Safu, and members of Khandaker Delwar’s family were also present.
Born in Manikganj in 1933, Khandaker Delwar started his political career with the 1952 Language Movement. He was elected lawmaker five times from Manikganj 1 constituency.
He passed away on March 16, 2011 at the age of 78.