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Moudud: BNP won’t join national polls with unfulfilled conditions

  • Published at 07:16 pm November 17th, 2017
Moudud: BNP won’t join national polls with unfulfilled conditions
BNP senior leader Moudud Ahmed on Friday said that though their party has a plan to join the city polls, it will not go to the national election if their conditions are not met. "We'll participate in the elections to the city corporations. But that doesn't mean that we'll also join the national election if our conditions are not fulfilled,” Moudud said. “The ruling party won't be allowed to hold a lopsided election this time," he added. The BNP leader made the remarks while speaking at a discussion arranged by the Bangladesh National Awami Party (NAP Bhasani) at the Jatiya Press Club, marking the 41st death anniversary of national leader Maulana Abdul Hamid Khan Bhasani. Moudud, a BNP standing committee member, said the current parliament must be dissolved 90 days before the next general election, and the polls will have to be held under a non-partisan neutral government for BNP to take part. He said Awami League should not fear a fair election under a neutral government if the party thinks it has widespread popularity. "Arrange the election under a neutral administration so that people can exercise their right to franchise as per their wish." The BNP leader further reiterated that their party will join the national election if a proper atmosphere for a credible election is created. Referring to the victory of their party candidates in the last elections in Gazipur, Khulna, Rajshahi and Sylhet city corporations, Moudud said the Awami League could not take their defeat in those polls easily. "That's why those mayors couldn't enter their offices even after two years of the election. If this is the situation, what is the use of joining polls?" the former law minister asked.