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BNP urges govt officials not to be part of unilateral polls

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Staff Reporter
Opposition BNP on Saturday called upon the government officials and employees to perform their duties neutrally and disobey the orders of any party or individual to involve in the unilateral election.
“We urge all the officials and employees of the republic to work impartially as the people of the country its servants. You don’t be used as the tool of any party or individual to fulfil its illegal desire,” said BNP joint secretary general Salauddin Ahmed.
In a video message from his hideout, the BNP spokesman also urged the Election Commission to postpone ‘the lopsided and farcical’ polls.
Mentioning that Awami League wants to hold a farcical election as it fears fair polls, he requested the country’s people to get united to ensure the fall of the current regime.
Salauddin said the Commonwealth, the EU, the UN and other important states and organizations have not yet decided to send election observers to monitor the government’s one-sided polls in Bangladesh.
“Even maximum election monitoring bodies and organizations registered with the Election Commission did not apply for observing the election. Besides, majority of the teachers expressed their unwillingness to discharge duties in the lopsided election.”
Earlier in the morning, the BNP-led 18-party alliance enforced its fresh spell of 72-hour road-rail-waterway blockade across the country at 6am demanding that the next national election be arranged under a non-party government, which is progressing amid stray incidents of violence.
The 72-hour blockade will end after 6am on Tuesday if it was not extended further unlike the previous two spells.
Meanwhile, in a statement on the first of the 72-hour blockade, Salauddin, on behalf of opposition leader Khaleda Zia, thanked the country’s people for what he said spontaneously observing the blockade program.
He claimed that at least 217 opposition leaders and activists were injured in clashes with police and ruling party activists at different parts of the country while 326 arrested by law enforcers.
The BNP spokesman demanded the government release all the arrested opposition leaders and withdraw the ‘false’ cases filed against them.

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