BNP sources said they believed Awami League wished to rig the elections to retain power despite having 'no popularity'
BNP insiders have said they are participating in local body elections despite claiming that fair elections are not possible under the present government, in order to show people how the Awami League is rigging the polls.
In the Barisal polls, BNP candidate Mujibur Rahman Sarwar boycotted the election after bringing allegations of vote rigging against the government. In Sylhet and Rajshahi, BNP candidates Ariful Haque Chowdhury and Mosaddek Hossain Bulbul also claimed the ruling party was harassing BNP polling agents and rigged votes.
BNP sources said they believed Awami League wished to rig the elections to retain power despite having “no popularity.”
Asking to remain anonymous, a BNP Standing Committee member said they were participating in the polls to show the world how Awami League was rigging the elections.
Nazrul Islam, another Standing Committee member of BNP, said people all over the country, including journalists and civil society members, need to know of Awami League’smalpractices.
“We are initially participating in the elections to make people aware that Awami League has no intention of holding free and fair elections. If they did, then they obviously would not rig the city polls,” he said.