Khaleda places 6 conditions for contesting next JS polls


Dhaka, Feb 3: BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia on Saturday placed six conditions for contesting the next parliamentary elections.

The conditions are 1. Voting must be under a neutral government 2. Polls-time government will create a peaceful environment for voters to come to the polling stations 3. Parliament will have to be dissolved before the polls 4. Election Commission must work to maintain neutrality for holding a free, fair and all-inclusive general election 5. Army must be deployed during the elections and it will act as a mobile force 6. EVM/ DVM machine could not be used for voting

The BNP chief, also former prime minister of the country, placed the conditions at the party’s national executive committee’s meeting at a city hotel.

Khaleda Zia said people want change and this change will take place through an election.

She said lower courts are now under the grip of the government and thus do not have the power to deliver judgments independently.

The BNP chief also called for national unity urging all political parties to be united.

Khaleda Zia convened the party’s executive committee meeting to device its plan ahead of the Zia Orphanage Trust graft case verdict scheduled to be delivered on February 8.

The meeting, that started after the BNP chief reached the hotel around 11:00am, adopted a motion of condolence expressing deep sorrow at the demise of BNP leaders and activists at different times.

The committee members observed one-minute silence, to show respect to the deceased leaders and activists.

Later, party secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir presented the party’s organizational report.