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Govt plotting to hold rigged election: Moudud

Staff Correspondent     18 March, 2018 12:00 AM printer

BNP standing committee member Moudud Ahmed on Saturday alleged that the Awami League government has ‘hatched a conspiracy’ to hold a one-sided election like in 2014.

“As per their blueprint, no opposition will exist and they will have to be eliminated too,” he said.

The BNP leader came up with the statements at a discussion at the National Press Club in the capital. Nagorik Odhikar Andolan Forum arranged the programme, demanding release of BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia.

Hinting at Awami League General Secretary Obaidul Quader’s remarks that the victory of the ruling party in the next general elections is only a formality, Moudud said it means the election is over as per their ‘blueprint and now only the formalities — gazette notification and oath taking — will be held’.

“You (the government) cannot implement the blueprint. It will not be allowed,” he said.

He claimed that their doubt as to whether the next general election will be free and fair has ‘proved true’ through Obaidul Quader’s remarks about the election.

The BNP leader said the Awami League leaders who speak much about democracy are not elected representatives.

He alleged that the opposition political parties are not allowed to hold programmes and their leaders and activists are being implicated in various cases and being arrested ahead of the next general election.

Moudud said the incumbent government will ‘fall’ like other autocrats across the world.

He said Khaleda’s popularity will keep increasing if she continues to serve time in jail.