The election must be held under a non-partisan neutral government, said BNP leader Ruhul Kabir Rizvi
Accusing the government of preparing to hold another lopsided election, BNP on Thursday warned that the people of the country would put up a strong resistance against the move.
“We would like to make it clear that people will resist any move to hold a unilateral election like the last one. Do you [the government] think people will sit idle when you indulge in such unlawful acts?” said BNP Senior Joint Secretary General Ruhul Kabir Rizvi at a press conference in the party’s Naya Paltan office, UNB reported.
“You won't be allowed to play a game on an empty field. The election must be held under a non-partisan neutral government, and BNP will take part in it under the leadership of Khaleda Zia,” Rizvi further said.
Earlier at an event in Noakhali's Kabir Haat area on Wednesday, Awami League General Secretary Obaidul Quader said the ruling party would not ask BNP to join the election as it was the latter’s internal matter.
However, he said the government would give a befitting reply if BNP tried to resort to violence and create chaos during the election.
Reacting to Obaidul’s comment, Rizvi said: “His remarks expose that the ruling party has started making preparations for a unilateral election.”
He alleged that Obaidul kept his electoral opponent and a BNP standing committee member confined to his village for several days, not even allowing him to visit his parents’ graves on Eid day.
The BNP leader also alleged that Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina had made a false comment that the government had taken all-out steps so people can have a hassle-free journey home to celebrate Eid-ul-Azha.
"At least 10 people were killed and scores of others injured in road accidents on Eid day alone," he said.
Rizvi also criticized the jail authorities for denying the BNP chairperson's relatives to give her home-made food on Eid day.
He alleged that the jail authorities behaved inhumanely only to appease the government.