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Khaleda back on campaign track

Update : 24 Apr 2015, 08:56 PM

BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia resumed her election campaign yesterday after a one-day pause as she could not manage to do that on Thursday due to vehicle shortage.

The BNP chief’s motorcade came under attack on three consecutive days leaving more than 20 persons injured.

Khaleda’s personal vehicle and her security personnel’s vehicles were damaged in those attacks.

Khaleda started campaign yesterday along with about a hundred BNP leaders and activists.

She came out of her residence around 4:30pm and went to Natunbazar and Jamuna Future Park area.

Party leaders and activists distributed leaflets among people on behalf of Khaleda Zia.

Demanding army deployment in the city polls, Khaleda said: “One voter told me if army was deployed they could cast votes without any fear. We also believe so.

“Deployment of army is the demand of the people.”

She was speaking at a wayside rally at the entrance of Bashundhara Residential Area.

Khaleda said the Election Commission was loyal to the government. “Our army has brightened the image of the country abroad but they are not used during election.”

If the army stays in the cantonment, they cannot ensure security of voters, she observed.

Referring to the BDR carnage, Khaleda said during the BDR mutiny the government barred the army from going there, which led to the deaths of 57 officers.

Urging voters to go to polling stations to cast their votes, Khaleda said: “People of the city want a change. Do not get scared. Be united and resist criminal acts.”

The BNP chief alleged that ruling party men attacked her in a bid to kill her.

“The attempts were made to kill me. My security personnel were injured. You cannot stop my movement as people and the almighty Allah are with me.”

She urged the voters to cast votes for Tabith M Awal, Mirza Abbas and Monjurul Alam – all contesting for the mayoral posts in Dhaka North and South and Chittagong city corporations.

The city polls are scheduled for April 28. 

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