• Truck driver dies in hartal violence
  • Turnout low in Dhaka
  • Face-to-face South Sudan peace talks as battles rage
  • Battle over GMO labeling rumbling in US
  • Election violence kills 5 across country
  • Myanmar makes full preparation to host ASEAN meetings
  • 6 independent candidates announce poll boycott
  • Turnout low as oppositions boycott polls: CEC
  • Crude bomb blasts near polling centres leave 5 hurt in city
  • Kid wounded in cocktail explosion
  • AL seeks EC's intervention to stop violence
  • 17 killed in election violence across country
  • China probes almost 37,000 officials for graft
  • Dry weather likely
  • Voter turnout satisfactory: Tofail
  • Oppn calls fresh 48-hr hartal from Monday
HOME  MAIN NEWS
  
Print Friendly and PDF

Boycott today’s polls: BNP

Warns govt of ‘consequences’

Staff Correspondent

The Bangladesh Nationalist Party on Saturday urged the people to boycott today’s parliamentary polls and cautioned that the government would bear the responsibility of any untoward situation.
It also warned the government of consequences if it did not immediately free BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia from virtual confinement.
BNP chairperson’s advisory council member Osman Farruk at a news briefing at his house at Gulshan in the evening sounded the warning.
Branding the January 5 ‘unilateral’ election as a ‘puppet show’, Farruk urged the people to boycott the ballot today.
Asked whether the opposition would wage a movement for 11th parliamentary elections after the 10th parliamentary polls, Farruk said they did not consider what was going to take place today as an election ‘because it does not have any qualities that determine the characteristics of an election.’
He said the government should at first suspend or cancel the 10th parliamentary election and take initiatives to settle the issue of an election-time government.
Asked whether they would go to the Election Commission for the last time to stop the election, he said the incumbent EC was a ‘spineless’ institution and people did not obey it.  ‘Going to such an Election Commission is out of question,’ he added.
When two journalists of India sought his cooperation to meet Khaleda, Farruk said the opposition leader had been ‘under house arrest’. He said members of law enforcers did not allow anybody to enter her residence.
When an Indian journalist asked whether Khaleda was under house arrest, Osman said, ‘Definitely, she is under house arrest.’ He said Khaleda could not come out of her house and none could visit her. ‘Is it not house arrest,’ he asked.
He said the ‘stage-managed’ election of January 5 was viewed as totally unacceptable both at home and abroad and that was why foreign election observers had refused to come to watch the polls.
He said most of the countries of the world, including the neighbouring countries, were considering the January 5 election as a ‘big obstacle’ to peace, welfare and stability of Bangladesh.
On behalf of Khaleda Zia, he renewed the call to stop the ‘stage managed’ polls saying that ‘there is still time to take effective steps to overcome the grave crisis that has been created by the government and save the ruling party from being thrown into the dustbin of history’.
Farruk said the government had illegally kept Khaleda Zia ‘under house arrest’ but the ruling party leaders and ministers, including the prime minister, were denying it.
He said the opposition leader had been kept isolated from the people, civil society, her relatives and leaders and activists of the party.
He alleged that New York Times’ South Asian bureau chief Ellen Barry was not allowed to meet with Khaleda on Friday. Local and foreign journalists were also being barred from visiting her, he said.
He said the nation was surprised by the ruling party’s ‘falsehood’ that Khaleda Zia was not under house arrest. He asked the government to stop telling ‘lies’.




Reader’s Comment

comments powered by Disqus
   

JS elections today amid boycott, violence

The 10th national elections will be held today amid widespread violence and boycott by almost all major political parties except the ruling Awami League and its smaller allies. Besides Awami League, 85 candidates of the Jaitya Party are in the election... Full story

Boycott today’s polls: BNP

The Bangladesh Nationalist Party on Saturday urged the people to boycott today’s parliamentary polls and cautioned that the government would bear the responsibility of any untoward situation. Full story

Polls official killed, 150 centres burnt

Furniture lie wrecked after a fire burnt Tubang Government High School where a polling centre was set up for the national elections at Jaintapur in Sylhet early Saturday. Focusbangla photo
An assistant presiding officer was killed, 16 members of law enforcement agencies were injured in bomb attacks and more than 150 polling stations, set up in primary schools, were torched across the country on Saturday, a day before the 10th parliamentary... Full story

Law makes ACC less powerful

The Awami League, which pledge more empowerment of the Anti-Corruption to curb corruption, in reality has made the commission almost ‘powerless’ during its five years in office, especially with the latest amendment to... Full story

1 killed as violence marks hartal

Policemen patrol city roads carrying sticks to keep law and order on Saturday evening before today’s national elections amid opposition boycott. — Indrajit Ghosh
A picket was killed in Lalmonirhat as pickets clashed with ruling party men and law enforcers at places during the opposition’s 48-hour general strike to thwart today’s election that marked arson attacks on vehicles, vessels, train and polling centres... Full story

Human bones, skulls still being found in debris

The authorities and locals continued recovering human body parts from the debris piled by the side of the collapsed Rana Plaza in Savar in last few weeks eight months after the worst industrial disaster killed about a thousand people... Full story

BNP-Jamaat can’t foil polls: Tofail

Awami League leader Tofail Ahmed on Saturday said the opposition would not be able to foil the election by burning polling stations. ‘The election is taking place so that there is no constitutional or democratic vaccum. None of BNP or Jamaat... Full story
  • Online Poll


    Do you think that the government has successfully brought back normalcy in public life after the January 5 elections?

    • Yes
    • No
    • No comment
    Ajax Loader