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BNP slams AL for vote ‘fraud’

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Staff Reporter
Taking a swipe at the ruling party men for what he said indulging in widespread vote fraud during the third phase of the upazila polls, BNP joint secretary general Ruhul Kabir Rizvi on Saturday said Awami League has turned into a party of ‘robbers’.
“The unabated criminalization is reflected on all the activities of the ruling Awami League as it has become an organization of dacoits instead of a pro-people party,” he regretted.
Rizvi made the remarks at BNP’s Nayapaltan central office while briefing reporters about the third phase upazila polls held in 81 upazilas across 41 districts.
He alleged that the ruling party ‘cadres’ attacked opposition candidates, their supporters, blocked voters, forced out the agents of the BNP-led 19-party alliance-backed candidates from polling stations, snatched ballot boxes and rigged votes in different upazilas with the help of law enforcers and local administrations.
The BNP leader was critical of the Election Commission for what he said not taking any action despite lodging complaints against ruling party-backed candidates, their supporters who violated the election code of conduct and indulged in violence and vote fraud.
He said the ruling party as part of its evil design stanched ballots and stuffed fake votes capturing polling stations in BNP’s strongholds Noakhali and Feni to give people an impression that the BNP chairperson is not popular in her own areas.
Rizvi said the law enforcers and officials of the administration worked as the activists of the ruling party candidates to manipulate the election results into the favor of the ruling party-supported contenders.
He alleged that the government, being refused by people, is governing the country resorting to terrorism and hooliganism hunting by unknown fears. “So, the present government will never hold a free, fair and credible election as they don’t care about people.”
Rizvi warned the government that they together with people have taken preparations to launch a vigorous movement to save people from the misrule and protect democracy and the country’s independence braving all odds.

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