BNP asks EC to ease polls campaign rules
BNP yesterday urged the authorities to ease the campaigning rules to ensure smooth electioneering for the December 29 parliamentary polls.
“Since we have not enough time, some rules that tend to limit canvassing should be withdrawn,” party spokesman Nazrul Islam Khan said last night.
He was talking to reporters at the chairperson's Gulshan office, where a meeting of the BNP standing committee was in progress.
About agenda of the meeting, Nazrul, also joint secretary general, said the standing committee members were discussing the election manifesto for the upcoming election.
“Discussions will continue if the draft manifesto is not approved tonight.”
Nazrul said Chairperson Khaleda Zia will not be able to visit every constituency due to time constraints.
Demanding withdrawal of the state of emergency, he said, “Otherwise, we'll not take part in the election.”
BNP Secretary General Khandaker Delwar Hossain, RA Ghani, Khandaker Mosharraf Hossain and Moudud Ahmed, among others, were at the meeting with Khaleda in the chair.
Meanwhile, former foreign secretary Shamser Mobin Chowdhury and former inspector general of police MA Qaiyum yesterday met Khaleda Zia and formally joined BNP.
Earlier, a group of intellectuals met the former prime minister and discussed the overall political situation.
Former chief election commissioner MA Rauf, former Dhaka University vice-chancellor Emajuddin Ahmed, Prof Mahbubullah, and journalists Reazuddin Ahmed, Sadeq Khan, Golam Tahabur and Amanullah Kabir, were among them.