In a knee-jerk reaction, BNP Secretary General Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir on Wednesday accused the Awami League-led government of conspiring with the Election Commission to halt the proceedings of Dhaka North City Corporation (DNCC) by-polls, which was scheduled to take place on February 26.
A High Court bench comprising Justice Naima Haider and Justice Zafar Ahmed issued an order on Wednesday morning to halt the DNCC mayoral by-polls for three months after holding the preliminary hearing of two writ petitions.
The court also issued a ruling asking the Election Commission to explain as to why the High Court should not declare illegal the schedule for the mayoral by-polls and election in newly added 36 wards.
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"The petitions, which led the court to issue a stay order, was filed because the Election Commission announced a flawed schedule of the by-polls," Mirza Fakhrul said while speaking to reporters outside of a makeshift court located in the Bakshibazar Aliya Madrasa compound in Dhaka on Wednesday afternoon.
Fakhrul accompanied BNP chief Khaleda Zia, who appeared before a special court in the Zia Orphanage Trust and Zia Charitable Trust graft cases on Wednesday.
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“The government will now reap benefits out of it,” he added.
The DNCC mayoral post fell vacant with the death of Annisul Huq on November 30, 2017.