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Movement if elections schedule not cancelled

Says Delwar

BNP Secretary General Khandaker Delwar Hossain yesterday said they would forge a movement if the schedule for local government polls is not withdrawn.

He also alleged that the caretaker government is too enthusiastic about sending detained BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia abroad holding her sons hostage.

He said this while speaking at a views-exchange meeting with the leaders of BNP Joypurhat unit at his Nam flat in the capital.

Delwar urged the government to send Tarique Rahman and Arafat Rahman, detained sons of the party chief, abroad for treatment without delay.

"The government wants to hold the elections by force. The government and the Election Commission [EC] will be responsible for any untoward incidents in the country," he said adding that people will not take part in the election since all major political parties have rejected the schedule.

He said the government and the EC are implementing their blueprint of ignoring people's opinion. "All parties want national elections first but they [the EC] have announced the schedule for holding local body polls which will make the political situation more critical," he said.

Accusing the EC of violating the constitution, he said the commission has no mandate to hold the local body polls before holding national elections.

Former lawmakers Sohrab Uddin and Begum Jahan Panna, Joypurhat district BNP leaders Aminur Rahman Bakul, Hena Kabir and Dewan Abdul Hamid spoke at the meeting among others.

President of Joypurhat district BNP Mojaher Ali Prodhan chaired the meeting.

A joint meeting of party and its front organisations was held there later to discuss the latest political situation.

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