BNP senior leader Moudud Ahmed on Monday said their party joined the December-30 municipal polls to see whether the government can pass it or ‘miserably fail’ as it did in the last three city polls.
“Many people ask us as to why we’re in the race when we know the polls won’t be fair. We’ve participated in it to put the government in an acid test. The regime earlier failed in Dhaka and Chittagong city polls. We’re now waiting to see whether it passes [meaning fair polls] the municipal polls or fails,” he said.
Moudud, a BNP standing committee member, further said, “If the government passes it, it will be our victory and it’ll help restore democracy in the country and diminish the fear of emergence of militancy.”
The BNP leader came up with the remarks while addressing a discussion at the Jatiya Press Club. The party arranged the programme, marking the Martyred Intellectual Day, reports UNB.
He said though their party boycotted the last three city polls halfway through, this time it will stay in the race till the last minute braving all obstacles and evil designs.
“We firmly believe that the BNP candidates will come out successful with a big margin if the election is held in a free and fair manner,” Moudud observed.
Mentioning that the country is in a deep crisis, he said people have no security now. “No one knows what will happen tomorrow.”
The BNP leader urged the government to forge a national unity to save the country from the crisis and resist militancy and extremism. “It’s not possible to contain militancy with police and Rab. Create unity and restore democracy and then militants won’t get any chance to raise their heads.”
Moudud criticised the government for its failure to arrest the offenders involved in the recent killings of bloggers, foreigners and police and religious institutions.
Earlier in the morning, BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia along with party’ s leaders and activists paid tributes to martyred intellectuals by placing wreaths at the Martyred Intellectuals Memorial at Mirpur on the occasion of Martyred Intellectuals Day.
Khaleda placed wreaths at 10:20am to pay her homage to the great heroes, who sacrificed their lives for the cause of the country and the nation.