BNP on Saturday described Awami League leader Mahbub-ul Alam Hanif’s remark that the Election Commission (EC) is more sympathetic towards BNP while harsh with the ruling party as nothing but a ‘mockery’.
“People can’t consider it as nothing but mockery of the year,” said BNP joint secretary general Ruhul Kabir Rizvi.
Speaking at a press briefing at BNP’s Nayapaltan central office, he further said, “His (Hanif’s) remarks have given an impression that a rat is yelling to a farmer about the insecurity of his paddy field.”
Earlier on Thursday, AL joint general secretary Mahbub-ul Alam Hanif said EC is more sympathetic towards BNP, while harsh with the ruling party ahead of the December-30 municipal polls.
Talking to reporters after a meeting with Chief Election Commissioner Kazi Rakibuddin Ahmad at the EC Secretariat, Hanif also said, “Supporters of our candidates were fined in many areas for no logical reason.”
Rizvi turned down Hanif’s comments, saying, “If his remarks are true, then who’re sending top terrorists to election areas in favour of ruling party contestants? Who’re hurling crude bombs at BNP mayoral candidates’ processions? Who’re killing and injuring BNP leaders and activists with lethal weapons?”
Mentioning that Awami League has no tradition of tolerating criticism, he alleged that the government has ‘following the role of Feraun’ to suppress its opponents and criticisms.
He came down hard on the Election Commission for its inaction against the violation of the election code of conduct by the ruling party men, saying the Commission has been playing the role of an inactive post office.
Accusing the ruling party men of attacking BNP leaders and activists and intimidating and harassing them in different municipalities, Rizvi urged people to guard the polling stations until the results are announced on the voting day.
He also demanded withdrawal of the defamation case filed against BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia in Narail for raising question about the figures of Liberation War martyrs.