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Polls not acceptable sans level-playing field

WT24 Desk

BNP leader Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir has said an election is not acceptable without a level-playing field. “Our words are very clear: a level-playing field must be created and equal rights must be given to all political parties. Begum Khaleda Zia must be released, Agencies report.

Otherwise, no election will be acceptable,” said the secretary general of BNP, a key ally of the Jatiya Oikya Front, at the Rajshahi rally on Friday.

The rally was organised, a day after the Election Commission set Dec 23 as the voting date.

The BNP leader has urged the ruling party to accept the demands, including the resignation of the government, dissolution of parliament and formation of a polls-time neutral government to ensure free and fair elections.

Coming down heavily on the Election Commission for declaring the election schedule before the consensus among the main political parties, he said, “The election schedule was announced in haste, which went against democracy.”

Dr Kamal Hossain, chief of the alliance, did not join the planned rally due to his high fever. The event headed by Mizanur Rahman Minu, a member of the BNP chairperson’s advisory council, started at 2pm.

BNP leaders Khandaker Mosharraf Hossain, Moudud Ahmed and Mirza Abbas, Jatiya Samajtantrik Dal-JSD President ASM Abdur Rab, Krishak Sramik Janata League President Abdul Kader Siddique and Oikya Front leader Mahmudur Rahman Manna attended the programme

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