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Fakhrul: No one to be allowed to rig votes

  • No one to be allowed to rig votes, he warns 
  • Corruption prevalent in all sectors
  • BNP’s march from Comilla to Chittagong begins
  • 80-km long tailback on Dhaka-Chittagong highway 
Update : 05 Oct 2023, 07:43 PM

BNP Secretary General Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir on Thursday said that the Awami League government has snatched the voting rights of Bangladesh’s citizens.

The BNP leader also warned that no one will be allowed to rig votes in the future when he addressed a rally in Comilla in the morning before beginning the party’s march towards Chittagong.

“As long as the Awami League is in power, the country will be destroyed. Therefore, there is no alternative to accelerating the fall of this government,” said Fakhrul, a former state minister.

Pointing to Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, he said that there is still time to hand over power to a non-partisan and neutral government. “Otherwise, you will be ousted through a tougher mass movement.”

BNP Standing Committee member Amir Khasru Mahmud Chowdhury, Vice Chairman Abdullah Al Noman, Barkat Ullah Bulu, Md Shahjahan and Comilla Divisional Organizing Secretary Mostak Mia spoke as special guests.

Meanwhile, the expelled BNP leader and former Comilla mayor, Monirul Haque Sakku, joined the road march. He was seen taking a position on the highway with his supporters in Padua Bazar Bishwa Road area.

However, Sakku said that he has yet to receive assurances to withdraw his expulsion order. He said that he participated in his own initiative out of love for the party.

Sakku was expelled from the party for participating in the 2022 mayoral election in violation of the party’s decision.

Fakhrul alleged that the government has completely destroyed the administration, education and judicial sectors. “Before the establishment of Chandpur University, Tk365 crore had been looted by the people of the education minister.

“Currently, looting is happening in all sectors. Law enforcement is filing false cases against leaders and activists of the opposition party,” he said.

“Various dramas are being staged in the name of anti-militant campaigns. Corrupt people are dominating all the sectors. Therefore, we must be steadfast if we want to free the country of danger,” said Fakhrul, and urged the people not to be afraid.

Braving bad weather, leaders and activists of the BNP and allied organizations participated in the rally holding various banners and festoons.

As part of its one-point movement to topple the government, the BNP’s scheduled road march towards Chittagong has begun from Comilla.

Mirza Fakhrul inaugurated the road march as the chief guest at the rally around 10:45am. Leaders and activists of the opposition party held a rally in Kalakuchia near the Dhaka-Chittagong highway in the morning. The main program began at 9am.

After the rally in Comilla, there will be two more rallies in Feni and Mirsharai and the concluding rally in Chittagong city.

Both sides of the Dhaka-Chittagong highway are already adorned with banners, festoons and billboards welcoming the central leaders of the BNP.

Heavy traffic congestion has ensued on the Dhaka-Chittagong highway from Comilla’s Daudkandi to Mirsharai in Chittagong.

Thousands of passenger and goods-laden vehicles got stuck on the 80km road. Members of law enforcement agencies are facing difficulties in bringing the situation under control.

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