Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) on Thursday alleged that the government wants to hold upcoming local election under party symbol unilaterally, by arresting the opposition leaders and activists across the country.
Claiming over 3,000 BNP leaders and activists were arrested in last few days in the name of joint operation, BNP spokesman Asaduzzaman Ripon made the allegations in a news briefing at the party central office today.
The government has started to arrest the opposition leaders and activists to ensure that opposition’s candidates could not contest in the upcoming municipal elections under party symbol, he said.
He said local administration along with law enforcers obstructed the councils of district levels while BNP is still trying to re-organise the councils but government repeatedly obstructing it in the name of joint operation.
The party spokesman also asked the government step aside from ‘ill-tactics’ and stop arrest and release those leaders who were arrested on false accusations.
He said under this undemocratic situation it is difficult for the opposition party to contest and campaign in the local polls as many possible candidates, polling agents and election campaigners were already arrested.
Many others left local areas in fear of repression, he said.
He said if the government wants to hold participatory election then definitely it has to release the arrested leaders and activist and step aside from the path of repression. Otherwise the incoming municipal polls would be questionable like January 5 election, he added.
BNP leaders Abdul Latif Jony, Asadul Karim Shahin and Shamimur Rahman Shamim among others were present at the briefing.