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Khaleda not a city corporation voter in Dhaka

Update : 26 Apr 2015, 09:44 PM

BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia will not get the chance to cast her vote in the much-anticipated Dhaka city corporation polls to be held tomorrow.

 “I am not a city corporation voter. I am listed under the Dhaka cantonment area, which is not a part of the city corporation,” she said responding to a query at a press conference in her Gulshan office yesterday.

 Khaleda Zia used to live in a house at Sahed Moinul Road in the cantonment, from which she was evicted in 2010 following a a court verdict that cancelled the house’s allotment. Since then, she has been staying in a rented house in Gulshan 2.

 The last time she cast her vote in an election was in 2008 general election, when she was a voter of the cantonment area. As her party boycotted the 2014 general election, she did not get to cast her vote.

 Asked whether the countrywide transport blockade was still in effect, Khaleda said: “The blockade is not my programme, but of the 20-party alliance. As we have not been able to sit together, we have not been able to make a decision in this regard. But as you can see, the blockade programme is now inactive.”

 Asked how her party would proceed in case her party-backed candidates were defeated in the city polls, Khaleda said: “Let the elections be held; we will decide our course of action after seeing the results.”

 Regarding her violation of the electoral code of conduct by using a huge motorcade for campaign, as alleged by both the Election Commission and the ruling party leaders, Khaleda said:  “There were only a few security vehicles and a vehicle for women. There were more media cars. How was the electoral code of conduct violated, then? The ministers have been throwing allegations, but the Election Commission is silent in this regard.”

On the allegation of a back-door negotiation to stop the movement, Khaleda said: “We have to resolve our own problems... Why do diplomats have to resolve our crisis? Why should foreigners interfere in our internal matters?” 

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