AL is campaigning with money from national exchequer: KhaledaNew Age Online
Bangladesh Nationalist Party chairperson Khaleda Zia on Friday asked the ruling Awami League to immediately pass the election-time non-party neutral government bill for continuation of democracy and to avoid a movement against them.
She also criticized the government for carrying out a campaign of its development activities by erecting billboards, ‘spending money from the state exchequer’.
Khaleda, also leader of the opposition, made the remarks when talking to reporters at a reception she hosted at Bangabandhu International Conference Center on the occasion of Eid-ul-Fitr.
Earlier, she exchanged greetings with people from different professions, leaders and activists of her party and other political parties, and foreign diplomats of different countries stationed in Dhaka.
Khaleda said they would not launch anti-government movement after Eid and would instead allow the government to complete its tenure if it accepts the demand for holding the next general election under a non-party neutral government.
She said movement would continue if their demand is ignored.
Khaleda said BNP wants peace, public security, development and continuation of democracy.
She said free and fair elections is necessary for the continuation of democracy and a neutral government can ensure free and fair elections.
She said the government still has time and should take steps for the continuation of democracy by accepting people’s aspirations of a free and fair election.
She asked the government to create level-playing field through non-party government by resigning from power.
Khaleda said BNP would accept people’s verdict under a free and fair election.
She reiterated that free and fair election is not possible under the AL government saying it had politicized the administration, police, judiciary and the Election Commission.
She said free and fair election is not possible under the incumbent’s ‘failed’ EC, branding it loyal to the government.
Khaleda alleged that the government was campaigning through spending money of national exchequer, to hide its failures.
She said there was no necessity to campaign with public money since people can see and enjoy the fruits of development if they are really there.
She termed the government’s claim of development success as ‘false’, saying the people of Dhaka city have been suffering from power load shedding, while the situation in districts, towns and villages were worse.
She asked the government to come to the ‘correct’ path by stopping repression and killing, and work together for public welfare.
Asked whether she expects that the government to accept their demand for caretaker government, Khaleda said the government would accept it for the wellbeing of the people.
On her feelings about celebrating Eid without her family members, particularly her two sons Tarique Rahman and Arafat Rahman Koko, who have been staying abroad since 2008, Khaleda said she had exchanged Eid greetings with them.
She hastened to say that people are her family and she is glad to celebrate Eid along with people.
BNP chairperson said people did not observe the month of Ramadan in peace and security because of adverse political and economic situation, caused by the government’s corruption, repression, extortion and tender manipulation.
Khaleda exchanged Eid greetings with people of different professions including men, women and children from 11am to 12:15pm while from 12:15 pm, for about 15 minutes, she spent time with ambassadors, high commissioners and charge’ d affaires of different countries including Saudi Arabia, Pakistan, India and USA.
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