Terming Narayanganj-5 by-polls as farcical, BNP acting secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir today said no free and fair elections is possible under the present government led by Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina.
"Once again it has been proved that no polls can be held in a free, fair and neutral manner under the Hasina-led government,” Fakhrul said.
The BNP spokesman was expressing his reaction over the Narayanganj by-polls while talking to reporters at the party's Nayapaltan central office in the capital.
Fakhrul’s remark came two day after Selim, brother of Awami League lawmaker Shamim Osman, won the Narayanganj-5 by-elections, which was marked by allegations of fake votes.
Narayanganj people’s will was not reflected in the polls, Fakhrul said.
How could people go to polling centres and cast their votes against Selim Osman when the prime minister openly announced in the parliament that she was taking over the responsibility of Osman's family, Fakhrul said.
Hasina’s remark came on Friday after BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia met visiting Indian External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj and told her that there is no democracy in Bangladesh at present and the January 5 national election was not accepted by the people, Fakhrul further added.