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‘No political revenge if BNP back in power’

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Assuring the ruling Awami League that her party will not go for any political revenge if it returns to power, Bangladesh Nationalist Party chairperson Khaleda Zia on Tuesday urged the government to arrange an election under a non-party election after reconstituting the Election Commission with neutral people.
Speaking at a discussion, the BNP chief also urged the government to follow the politics of unity, welfare, development shunning the vengeful one for implementation of the Liberation War spirit, reports United News of Bangladesh.
‘On this day of our founding anniversary, I would like to say, let’s go forward for materialising the objectives for which we have liberated the country. Now we should shun the politics of vengeance.
We need to do the politics of unity for the welfare of people, development of the country and serving the nation.’
She further said, ‘Why should we think we’ll be there in power for ever without giving others the chance to come to power. People now want a change and they’re waiting for it. But, this change will happen only through a democratic way not by any other means. We want the change in power through a free, fair and inclusive election.’
Khaleda told the government not to be afraid of quitting power. ’I’m giving you assurance that we won’t pursue the politics of vengeance. We won’t take revenge on any one. We only want a credible election
under a non-party administration. We also demand the reconstitution of the current worthless Election Commission.’
BNP arranged the discussion at the Institution of Diploma Engineers, Bangladesh, marking its 37th founding anniversary.
On this day in 1978, General Zia founded the Bangladesh Nationalist Party with a 19-point programme to build Bangladesh as a self-reliant one.
The BNP chief said the country’s people have got fed up with the current regime for the continued incidents of killing, enforced disappearance, misrule and misdeeds of the ruling party men. ‘People
say now there’s no guarantee of natural death. This situation is created as there is no democracy and the rule of law in the country.’
She called upon the government to stop its repressive acts and release her party’s detained leaders and activists.
Khaleda criticised the government for what she said letting loose the BCL men who are assaulting teachers, engineers, police and other officials and indulging in various crimes. ‘Have they given the
Chhatra League a freehand to beat up people, kill people and indulge in any misdeed?’

The BNP chief alleged that the government is spreading propaganda that if it returns to power will punish and sack those government officials and law enforcers against it.
She assured that her party will not take action against the government officials and members of any agencies as they carried out all acts, including killing and making people enforced disappearance, programme.

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