BNP alleges harassment to its candidates in UZ polls
BNP writes it allegation to ECNew Age Online
Bangladesh Nationalist Party on Tuesday wrote a letter to the Election Commission accusing it of turning a deaf ear to the ‘ongoing harassment’ to the candidates belonging to the BNP-led alliance for the upazila council elections.
A three-member delegation led by the party’s joint secretary general Ruhul Kabir Rizvi Ahmed visited the EC to submit the letter signed by BNP acting secretary general, Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir, to the commission.
‘Indiscriminate attacks are being carried out on the candidates belonging to BNP. Even attacks are being made on the houses and family members of the candidates,’ Rizvi told reporters after submitting the letter to the acting EC secretary, Sirajul Islam.
Rizvi alleged police were arresting and harassing only the activists who were conducting campaigns in favour of the BNP-backed candidates.
The BNP leader said the EC has failed to play a neutral role to ensure a level playing field in the local government polls. ‘The EC has all along remained silent. It has taken no steps to stop the harassment to the party activists during electioneering,’ he added.
Calling on the EC to play a neutral role in the staggered upazila polls beginning from tomorrow (February 19), Rizvi said the BNP was monitoring the activities of the commission. ‘After the polls, we will make the specific allegations against the commission,’ he added.
Ninety seven upazilas in 40 districts are going into polls tomorrow in the first phase.
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