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Suranjit: City polls an opportunity for BNP

Update : 23 Mar 2015, 07:00 PM

Contesting in the Dhaka and Chittagong city corporation elections will pave the way back to democratic politics for the BNP, said Awami League leader Suranjit Sengupta.

“It is a great opportunity for the BNP, and I hope the democratic and peaceful leaders of the party will be even able to score a win,” the veteran politician said yesterday at a press briefing on the occasion of 100th anniversary of Dirai High School in Sunamganj.

He said: “In the past two-and-a-half months of Khaleda Zia’s political movement, 163 people have been burnt to death and 600 people have been maimed. Democracy cannot be established with petrol bomb and crude bomb attacks. Terrorism and militancy can never and will never co-exist with democracy.”

He also said there were a number of BNP leaders who were against the current direction of the movement by the 20-party alliance.

“I think there are some BNP politicians who want to participate in the city polls. They have seen the error in their ways of violent politics.”

Speaking about the troubling schedule of SSC examination due to hartals and blocakade, he said: “They [the 20-party alliance] did not even spare the SCC examinees. They are actively ruining students’ lives with their violent political programmes. But I hope they would consider exempting  the HSC exams from their programmes.” 

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