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12 November 2017, Sunday
Khaleda Zia in rally
No polls under Hasina
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Dhaka, Nov 12 (Just News) : BNP Chairperson Begum Khaleda Zia on Sunday said no election will be held under Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and challenged her arch-rival to hold the national election under a neutral polls-time government.

“No fair poll will be held or can be held under Sheikh Hasina,” Khaleda Zia came up with the remarks while addressing a rally at the historic Suhrawardi Udyan in Dhaka this afternoon.

“Face the electoral challenge under a neutral government,” Khaleda Zia said.

Throwing an opened challenge to Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, Khaleda Zia said the next government will be formed on the people’s mandate. “We don’t want to purge the people in fear.”

The former prime minister also called for a national unity and said the path of the democratic practice will not be smooth without it. She also underscored the need for deployment of army with magistracy power so that the next general election is held in a free, fair and credible manner.

Khaleda Zia also blasted the government for “creating barricades” at all entry points of the capital and said the ruling Awami League fears the “National Revolution and Solidarity Day”.

Claiming that no fair and credible polls can be held under supervision of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, Khaleda Zia said people’s right to vote freely will have to be given back by holding the next general election under a neutral government.

About the resignation of the chief justice, Khaleda said Justice Surendra Kumar Sinha has been “made ill” and “forcefully sent abroad” on health ground.

“Later, agency men forced him (Sinha) to resign from his post,” Khaleda alleged. She said that the chief justice wanted to return home, but he was barred by “agency men”.

BNP Chairperson demanded deployment of army with magistracy power for holding the next national election in a free and fair manner.

The BNP chief also called for forging a national unity for bringing qualitative changes in politics.

Khaleda Zia urged the Chief Election Commissioner not to use the Electronic Voting Machine (EVM) during the polls.

The BNP rally formally began with the participation of huge party leaders and activists around 2pm with recitation from the holy Quran.

(Just News/gys/1930hr.)

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