Khaleda seeks army deployment during national polls with magistracy power

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Dhaka, November 12: BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia on Sunday 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.

She made the call while delivering her speech at a rally at Suhrawardy Udyan in the capital marking what it said ‘the civil-military uprising on November 7, 1975’.

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

She alleged that Chief Justice Surendra Kumar Sinha was barred from returning to the country as he spoke the truth.

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

All the people have to work together for the sake of the country in spite of having different opinions, Khaleda Zia said.

“Different opinions will remain in the multi-party democracy. But, we all have to work together for the welfare of the country,” she said.

Criticizing the incumbent government, the BNP chief claimed that they get afraid people remaining power. “The leaders and activists come to the rally were given obstructed in different places,” she alleged.

Huge law enforcers have been deployed in and around the rally venue to avert any possible untoward incident.

Leaders and activists of the party started gathering at the venue in small processions since noon.

The party, however, alleged that the government has stopped bus services from different adjacent districts to the capital in a planned way to prevent gathering of people in its rally at Suhrawardy Udyan.

BNP senior joint secretary general Ruhul Kabir Rizvi came up with the allegation while talking to reporters at the rally venue.