'Dec 30 polls a tainted chapter for the nation'

Sylhet Correspondent
Published : 16:00, Jan 14, 2019 | Updated : 16:58, Jan 14, 2019

Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir, secretary general of the Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP), is pictured during a media briefing in Dhaka, Bangladesh, December 17, 2018. REUTERS/file photoThe 11th parliamentary election is a tainted chapter in the political history of the country, said BNP leader Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir.

His comments to the media came on Monday (Jan 14) in Sylhet after paying respects to Hazrat Shahjalal at his resting place.

Terming the Dec 30 polls a tainted one, BNP secretary general said, “The prime minister has once again called for dialogue after the election.  But, the agenda for the talks haven’t been disclosed yet.”

Oikya Front wants their demand of fresh polls under a neutral govt to be in the agenda if they are to join the talks, he said.

Accusing the Awami League government of snatching people’s rights Alamgir said, “They have violated the Constitution and robbed the people of their voting rights. People couldn’t exercise their voting rights.”

Slamming the Election Commission, he said, “This Election Commission is incompetent. They have no capability whatsoever to conduct a fair election. Not its needless to say how an election will turn out to be under this commission.”

“Oikya Front’s unity is intact with no problem whatsoever,” said Alamgir before adding, “It’s natural that there will be some differences among political parties. But, there is no dispute in our alliance.”

On the issue of Jamaat-e-Islami, the senior BNP leader said, “Dr Kamal Hossain’s remarks on Jamaat is Gano Forum’s statement, not the Oikya Front’s.

We haven’t discussed on the matter among us. But we will.” he added.