BNP won’t participate in Gazipur by-polls
Reported by: UNBConnect
Reported on: Jul 16, 2012 11:14 pm
Reported in: Politics
Dhaka, July 16 (UNB) - Opposition BNP will not participate in any election, including upcoming Gazipur-4 by-polls, under the present government.The decision was taken at the party’s standing committee meeting held with BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia in the chair at her Gulshan office on Monday night.“BNP won’t go to any polls, including Gazipur-4 by-election, under this government," BNP acting secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam told reporters while briefing about the outcome of the party’s policymaker’s meeting.Gazipur-4 (Kapasia) constituency fell vacant on July 7 following the resignation of AL MP Shoel Taj from parliament.As per the rules, the Election Commission will have to hold by-election to the constituency by September this year.Fakhrul said his party believes no election under the incumbent government will be fair. He also mentioned two reasons for boycotting the polls - cancellation of the caretaker government and unlawful appointment of the incumbent Election Commission.Responding to a question, the BNP spokesman said he does not know whether party standing committee member Hannan Shah is conducting election campaign for running the Gazipur-4 by-polls. “Action will be taken if any party leader takes part in any election under this government violating the party decision.”He also said they will force the government to restore the caretaker government system through a vigorous movement. “BNP will participate in polls only after restoration of the CG system.” The issue relating to the latest political situation and the unrest at Buet and Jahangirnagar University also came up for discussion at the meeting.The meeting of the party's highest policymaking body began around 9:35 pm. Dr RA Gani, Khandaker Mosharraf Hossain, Barrister Moudud Ahmed, Lt Gen (retd) Mahbubur Rahman, MK Anwar, Barrister Zamir Uddin Sircar, Brig Gen (retd) ASM Hannan Shah, Goyeshwar Chandra Roy, Barrister Rafiqul Islam Mia and Mirza Fakhrul, among others, attended the meeting.Earlier, on June 11, Khaleda Zia from a rally in the capital announced a countrywide series of demonstrations from June 17 to July 15 that ended Sunday. But the month-long agitation programme apparently failed to force the government to meet the opposition’s various demands, including restoration of the caretaker government system.Meanwhile, BNP acting secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir on Sunday said they will strengthen the party during Ramadan and launch a vigorous movement after Eid to unseat the government and restore the caretaker government system.
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