Efforts to manipulate polls to be resisted: BNP

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Dhaka, Jan 16: Voicing fear that the government may try to bring the two Dhaka city polls in its favour using law enforcers, BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir on Thursday warned that their party will not sit idle this time if it happens.Speaking at the biennial conference of Nilphamari district unit BNP at Shilpakala Academy, he also said their party has already achieved a victory in the elections to Dhaka south and north city corporations as a huge number of people came out in the field in favour of their party candidates.

“The current regime is a fascist one which is controlling the Election Commission. It earlier took the elections’ results to its favour by using police, Rab and other forces. They’ll make same efforts this time, too,” the BNP leader said.

He further said, “If they do it, we won’t sit idle this time as we’ve taken part in the polls as part of our movement.”

Fakhrul said when their party is not allowed to go out in filed and hold political programmes, people are giving an overwhelming response to the call of their mayoral candidates in the capital. ”People in their thousands are taking to the filed with our candidates.  We also came out in the filed through the election. It’s a victory of us.”

As BNP is a democratic party, he said it wants to go to power through the election, not any other undemocratic way. “We don’t have arms in our hands. So, we must organise people to go to power through elections.”

The BNP leader said the nation is passing through a very critical time as the government has snatched people’s all rights and destroyed democracy and all state organisations.

“Awami League has insulted the Liberation War and violated the constitution by usurping power and snatching people’s rights.  They (AL) must be put on the trial of public court someday,” he warned.

Fakhrul called upon people to wage a movement at every village to ‘get rid of misrule’ of the government and protect the country.