Senior Reporter: BNP has alleged that the Election Commission (EC) has unilaterally announced the schedule for the 11th parliamentary election for holding a lopsided election.
BNP Senior Joint Secretary General Ruhul Kabir Rizvi came up with the allegation at a press conference held at the party’s Nayapaltan central office on Friday.
He said their party’s many leaders and activists are in jail while several lakh others are busy appearing before courts in ‘false’ cases filed against them.
“All the opposition parties wanted the election schedule to be announced after ensuring a proper election atmosphere and a level-playing field for all. The Commission has enough time to hold the election and defer the schedule without flouting the law,” the BNP leader said.
Rizvi said though some ruling party ministers and MPs were convicted by the court they are still there in their posts. “But Khaleda Zia was sent to jail after her conviction in false cases. Even her right to receive treatment has been snatched away.”
Rizvi demanded the government ensure her proper treatment and her immediate release from jail.
risingbd/Dhaka/Nov 9, 2018/Reza/Mukul