BNP wants immediate army deployment

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Staff Reporter:

BNP Vice Chairman Selima Rahman today demanded immediate deployment of army as “there is no level playing field” across the country at this moment.

The administration and law enforcers are working together against BNP candidates and activists, the BNP leader claimed while talking to reporters after handing over a letter to the Election Commission at the EC Secretariat in Dhaka around 2:30pm.

“Police is acting like our opposition. Attacks were launched against BNP leaders and activists, including Mirza Abbas and Mahbub Uddin Khokon, across the country. Khokon was injured in police firing. We are facing obstacles to carry out our election campaign in Dhaka,” she alleged.

“One party is conducting countrywide election campaign while another party cannot even hang posters,” she said.

The CEC however said there is level playing field in the country, Selima said adding, “We would like to know the EC’s definition of level playing field.”

It is apparent that the government does not want BNP to stay in the polls race, she said.

Under such circumstances, the EC should deploy army immediately for holding a fair and credible general election, the BNP leader added.

WHAT ARE THE ALLEGATIONS AGAINST GOVERNMENT?

BNP and Jatiya Oikyafront have been blaming the government for carrying out mass arrest and harassment of their contenders, leaders and activists deliberately across the country ahead of the December 30 general election.

After announcement of the election schedule, BNP has been lodging complaints with the Election Commission (EC) seeking its step to stop the ongoing arrests and harassment for creating a level-playing field to hold the 11th parliamentary election in a credible manner.

WHO ARE THE TOP LEADERS WHO HAVE COME UNDER ATTACK?

On December 14, Jatiya Oikyafront key leader Dr Kamal Hossain’s motorcade came under attack near Martyred Intellectuals Memorial at Mirpur while he was returning after paying tribute, leaving at least 25 to 30 people injured.

On December 11, BNP Secretary General Mirza Fakhrul Islam’s motorcade also came under attack, allegedly by AL men, in Thakurgaon’s Danarhat village during his election campaign.

At least 10 people were hurt and four vehicles were also vandalised in the attack, according to BNP.

On December 15, BNP leader Mirza Abbas reportedly came under attack when he was electioneering near Shegunbagicha area of Dhaka. Seven to eight BNP activists were wounded in the attack.unb

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