'People will surely unite and restore democracy and the voting rights through a movement'
BNP senior leader Moudud Ahmed on Saturday warned the government that there will be dire consequences if 'Khulna-style' polls are held in Gazipur City Corporation on Tuesday.
"The Gazipur election is an acid test for both the government and the Election Commission. We'll closely observe their activities," he said.
Speaking at a discussion, the BNP leader further said: "There's a tremendous public support for the sheaf of paddy in Gazipur. We would like to clearly say the consequences will be terrible if a Khulna-like election is held in Gazipur."
Youth Forum, a pro-BNP platform, arranged the program at the Jatiya Press Club demanding the release of BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia from jail and proper treatment of her.
Moudud, a BNP standing committee member, said they will finalize the decision on joining the upcoming elections in Rajshahi, Sylhet and Barishal city corporations after assessing the Gazipur polls.
He said the time has come for their party to put up a strong resistance against what they called the misdeeds, repressive acts, extrajudicial killings, enforced disappearance and filing of false cases by the government as the general election is only four months away.
He called upon the people of all walks of life to forge a strong unity to 'restore' democracy in the country.
Moudud, a former law minister, alleged that the lower courts are defying the apex court orders regarding the hearing on the cases of Khaleda Zia.
He said magistrates are not obeying the Supreme Court as they are now no longer accountable to it, adding: "They now work under the executive branch."
The BNP leader said Khaleda Zia must be given bail, and join the next election, no matter what evil efforts the government resorts to, he said.
Moudud feared that Awami League may try to foil the next general election in fear of losing power and facing public wrath for their misdeeds, repression and corruption, adding: “People will surely unite and restore democracy and the voting rights through a movement.”