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Fakhrul: We knew this would happen in Comilla polls

Joining polls under this government means strengthening its legitimacy, says the BNP secretary general

Update : 16 Jun 2022, 09:07 PM

BNP Secretary General Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir on Thursday said their party boycotted the election to Comilla City Corporation as it knew what would happen there.

“You yourself saw yesterday's (Wednesday) election. I don’t want to talk about it further…We knew this would happen. That’s why we clearly said we would not take part in the polls under this regime,” he said.

Speaking at a meeting, he also said joining the polls under this government means giving it more legitimacy. “It’s now a proven fact.”

BNP Secretary General Mirza Fakhru addressing the vote result of Comilla Polls on June 16,2022 UNBA faction of Bangladesh Federal Union of Journalists (BFUJ) and Dhaka Union of Journalists (DUJ) arranged the discussion at the Jatiya Press Club to mark the black day commemorating the shutdown of newspapers except four state-run ones on this day in 1975.

Awami League mayoral candidate Arfanul Haque Rifat was unofficially declared the winner of the high-voltage Comilla City Corporation election held on Wednesday.

As per the results announced by Returning Officer Shahedunnabi Chowdhury, Rifat defeated two-time mayor Monirul Haque Sakku by a margin of only 343 votes.

Sakku, however, turned down the election results and said he was defeated in a planned way by manipulating the results of a few centres at the last moment.

Fakhrul bemoaned saying, even though 50 years have passed since the independence of Bangladesh, the nation still could not ensure a system that can peacefully transfer power.

“When the arrangement was made for holding the election under a partisan government annulling the caretaker government system through the 15th amendment to the Constitution, our leader Khaleda Zia stated that it would result in permanent violence and instability in the country,” he observed.

Under the circumstances, the BNP leader said there is no alternative to restoring democracy in the country to protect press freedom, judiciary, administration, education and all other things.

Fakhrul said democracy and freedom of the press are inseparable. “How can we get the freedom of press without having democracy? That is why we have been saying for the last few years that our goal is to bring back democracy.”

He said those who have destroyed and snatched democracy will not restore it. “That is the reality. There is nothing in the character of the Awami League to tolerate dissent.”

The BNP leader said they are working to wake people up from all walks of life to restore democracy and give the ongoing movement a final shape.

He said Awami League has snatched democracy, freedom of the press, and the rights of people while BNP restored press freedom, democracy and introduced multi-party democracy. “This is the basic difference between the Awami League and BNP.”

Fakhrul reaffirmed that their party will revoke all “black” and “repressive” laws, including the Digital Security Act if it returns to power.

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