Reassuring his party colleagues that their party will not boycott the December 30 municipal polls under any circumstances, BNP acting secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir has urged voters not to leave the polling stations until the results are announced.
“We boycotted the Dhaka and Chittagong city corporation polls as there was no situation to stay in the race. But this time we’ll be there in the polls until the last minute no matter what,” he said.
Addressing a street rally in Dinajpur town, the BNP leader further said, “People should stay alert and guard the polling stations so that the ruling party can’t snatch voter’s verdict. Don’t leave the polling stations until the results are announced.”
He also urged voters to cast their ballots for BNP mayoral candidate Syed Jahangir Alam.
The BNP acting secretary general renewed his party’s demand for deployment of army in the election. “A fair election is not possible without army deployment.”
Earlier in the morning on his way to Dhaka, Fakhrul campaigned in Thakurgaon seeking vote for BNP’s mayoral candidates there. Later he went to Dinajpur.
From Dinajpur he also went o Gaibandha, Bogra, Sherpur, Sirajganj and carried out hectic electioneering there. He is expected to return to the capital city at night after ending his visit by addressing a rally in Tangail.
The BNP acting secretary general went to Nilphamari on Thursday to campaign for BNP candidates in the northern districts. In the three days he spent there, he spoke at nearly 40 rallies in different northern districts and distributed leaflets seeking votes for his party’s mayoral contestants.
In the rallies, he urged people to show their ‘no-confidence’ in the current regime through casting votes in favour of BNP in the municipality polls.
He termed the municipal elections ‘a challenge for protecting democracy’.
Stating that the country is going through a hard time, he said the current government is trying to annihilate its opponents by establishing one-party rule.