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BNP’s nationwide human chains Wednesday

UNB, Dhaka
BNP’s nationwide human chains Wednesday

BNP has decided to mark the eighth anniversary of the 10th parliament election day -- January 5, 2014 -- by forming human chains across the country, including in the capital, on Wednesday to register the party’s protest against the ‘unilateral’ election.

Party senior joint secretary general Ruhul Kabir Rizvi announced the programme at a press conference at its Nayapaltan central office on Tuesday.

"January 5 is a dark day in the history of Bangladesh's elections. Eight years ago, on this day in 2014, a unilateral, controversial, fraudulent, ridiculous and farcical election was held across the country without voters and opposition candidates.

Awami League has humiliated itself all over the world by holding this much-talked-about election,” he said.

The BNP leader said they will observe January 5 as a ‘democracy killing day’ by staging human chain programmes in all metropolitan cities and district towns.

In Dhaka, he said, BNP leaders and activists will form a human chain in front of the Jatiya Press Club at 10:30am.

Most registered political parties, including BNP, boycotted the 10th parliamentary election as it was held under a partisan government, annulling the caretaker government system following a court order.

However, Awami League and its political allies joined the election in which 153 MPs out of 300 seats got elected uncontested.

Referring to the 2014 elections, Rizvi said, Awami League broke its own stigmatised record in the March 7, 1973, national election through the January-5 one. "Polling stations across the country were completely empty in the January-5 election. “The world community has seen four-legged animals roaming in the voting centres instead of voters.”

He said Awami League has also snatched people’s voting rights the night before the 11th parliamentary-election day on December 30, 2018. “The Election Commission and law enforcement agencies have kept this government in power by stuffing ballots the night before the voting day.”

The BNP leader alleged that democracy is now in exile while freedom of speech and press freedom has been snatched by the government.

He said one person’s rule has been established in the country by ‘destroying’ the rule of law and judiciary.

Criticising the government for what he said were its efforts to obstruct BNP’s rallies at different parts of the country by imposing restrictions, Rizvi said people have started taking to the streets breaking section 144. “Wherever BNP is holding rallies, people are joining there creating a mass wave. People are waking up against misrule.”

 

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