Rangpur city polls an ‘acid test for govt, EC’: BNP
BNP senior leader Khandaker Mosharraf Hossain on Sunday said their party thinks the upcoming elections to Rangpur and other city corporations will be an acid test for both the government and the Election Commission ahead of the national election, UNB reports.
The BNP leader came up with the comments while speaking at a discussion arranged by Bangladesh Nagorik Odhikar Forum at the Jatiya Press Club.
Mosharraf, a BNP standing committee member, said they will go to people to mobilise public support once their chairperson Khaleda Zia presents her election-time government’s formula.
Though the government is trying to hold a lopsided election like 2014 one, he said they believe the country’s people will resist such move this time.
The BNP leader alleged that government has long been trying to suppress BNP leader sand activists resorting to repressive acts and enforced disappearance.
He warned their party, if returns to power, will put those involved in enforced disappearance on trial.
Mosharraf said the Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s statement in parliament on enforced disappearance has created confusion among people.
“The Prime Minister admitted that the incidents of enforced disappearance have been taking place in the country. She said such incidents are happening in many other countries. We want to say the enforced disappearance doesn’t take place in any country with state patron using sate machinery. You just gave the reference of other countries only to mislead people. We condemn it,” he said.
The BNP leader said there is a huge difference between the incidents of disappearance happening in Bangladesh and other countries. “People are made disappeared in other countries either out of enmity or for ransom. But the administration and the government forces are involved in the incidents in Bangladesh.”
Mentioning that the government cannot shirk the responsibility for the incidents of enforced disappearance, he urged the government to take steps to ensure the safe return of those still remained missing in the country.