The BNP has demanded new polls schedules in the union councils where its aspirants could not submit nominations due to obstruction ‘by ruling quarters’. The party vice-chairman, Abdullah Al Noman, made the demand while speaking at a discussion at the National Press Club on Tuesday.
Earlier, the party had said its candidates in over a hundred union councils could not submit their nominations due to obstruction and intimidation by activists of the ruling Awami League. Noman said, “We demand that the Election Commission use its powers to cancel the candidacies of those who have appeared as single or only candidates through resorting to coercion and announce new schedules.”
He decried the fact that the BNP was not being given permission for its council conference. The BNP leader alleged that the government was trying to gag the media and criticised Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s remarks on the editors of two national dailies in Parliament on Monday, agencies report.