BNP won’t take part in by-polls

Staff Correspondent

6 July, 2020 12:00 AM printer

Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) has decided not to take part in the by-elections in Bogura-1 and Jashore-6 constituencies amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Besides, the 20-party alliance led by BNP and Jatiya Oikya Front, too, have decided to boycott the elections, sources said.

BNP took the decision at a virtual meeting of its standing committee members Sunday afternoon, party sources said. BNP Acting Chairman Tarique Rahman joined the event via video conferencing.

The meeting discussed the party’s organisational issues, by-polls in different constituencies, coronavirus crisis, BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia’s health issue and country’s latest political situation and their strategy, meeting sources said.

“From my point of view, by-polls shouldn’t be held amid the coronavirus crisis. Our party (BNP) secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir will inform you about the party decision in this regard,” BNP standing committee member Nazrul Islam Khan, who, among others, attended the meeting, told the daily sun.

A member of the BNP standing committee who wishes to remain anonymous said the party has decided not to take part in the Bogura-1 and Jashore-6 by-election scheduled to be held this month.

They will also send a letter to the Election Commission and request it to defer the by-polls until the pandemic is over.

“BNP Secretary General Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir said the party won’t participate in the by-polls due to the coronavirus crisis and current flood situation of the country,” said a leader of the party.

Talking to daily sun, one of the top leaders of the 20-party coalition said at a meeting, they have decided not to participate in the upcoming by-polls in Bogura and Jashore.  

The Election Commission has decided to hold Bogura-1 and Jashore-6 by-elections on July 14, the EC sources said.

The Bogura-1 and Jashore-6 constituencies fell vacant following the deaths of governing party lawmakers Abdul Mannan and Ismat Ara Sadique respectively.