Fair polls not possible unless this govt quits
A free and fair election is not possible without the resignation of the Awami League government, BNP Secretary General Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir told a rally in the capital yesterday.
"… The European Union has stated that there is no environment for a free and fair election in the country, which is why they will not send observers during the election. Even the Jatiya Party has said that a free and fair election won't be held until the government resigns. For the sake of a fair election, the government must resign," he said.
Fakhrul made the remarks while addressing the rally on a street near Abdullahpur Polwel Market to materialise the party's one-point movement -- the resignation of the incumbent government and an election under a non-partisan caretaker government.
"The Awami League government does not allow anyone to cast their votes and seizes everything by force. Now, we have taken to the streets and are holding road marches. We are on the streets with the people. Our message is very clear: There will be no polls under Sheikh Hasina," he told the rally organised by Dhaka (north) city unit of the BNP.
The government will be defeated through the movement, said the BNP leader, adding, "Our mothers and sisters have awakened, and they don't want to see this government in power again."
Fakhrul said the government wants to hold the election just like it did in previous polls. "There is no controversy over the elections held under a caretaker government. However, the Awami League cancelled the caretaker system to stay in power, ignoring the people's opinions."
Mentioning the condition of BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia's critical health, Fakhrul demanded the government send her abroad immediately for advanced treatment.
"Today, when she is in a life-and-death situation, she has been detained … She is being pushed to death," he said.
Referring to instances of governments sending prisoners abroad, Fakhrul said, "ASM Abdur Rab was sent abroad ... Ziaur Rahman sent him to Germany for treatment. Sheikh Hasina was also sent to America for treatment during the caretaker government. We haven't forgotten that."
Meanwhile, BNP chief Khaleda, who is undergoing treatment at Evercare Hospital, was shifted to the Coronary Care Unit from her cabin yesterday morning after her condition deteriorated.
Khaleda, 78, is suffering from different health complications, including a heart condition and liver disease.
Speaking at the Abdullahpur rally, her personal physician Prof AZM Zahid Hossain said the board formed for her treatment said her liver transplant is necessary. "That is why she needs to be sent to an advanced multi-disciplinary centre abroad immediately."
In another development, Dhaka (south) city unit BNP held a rally in Jatrabari. Party standing committee members Mirza Abbas and Abdul Moeen Khan spoke at the event.