AL has no right to interfere in BNP activities: Fakhrul


Ruling out the Awami League’s objection to Tarique Rahman interviewing nomination seekers OF THE Bangladesh Nationalist Party through videoconferencing, BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam on Sunday said the ruling party had no right to interfere in their party’s activities.
AL did not have any right to determine who will interview BNP’s nomination seekers, he said while talking to reporters at the BNP chairperson’s Gulshan office in the afternoon.
Fakhrul alleged that the Election Commission itself was violating the electoral code of conduct.
They still have not been able to create an atmosphere for holding a fair election, he added.
Earlier in the morning, the BNP nomination board, comprising party standing committee members, started interviewing its nomination hopefuls to finalise the candidates to contest the 11th parliamentary elections with its tickets.
BNP acting chairman Tarique Rahman joined the nomination board through videoconferencing and asked the aspirants various questions.
Reacting to it, the Awami League general secretary Obaidul Quader drew the attention of the Election Commission and asked whether a fugitive convict could join the election procedures.
Later, election commissioner Rafiqul Islam said they would look into the issue if they got a complaint.
Fakhrul said the Election Commission still had not been able to ensure a level playing field.
He said though the media was supposed to play a neutral role, it was not doing so.
‘BTV is airing the development activities of the Awami League government without maintaining neutrality. State-owned Bangladesh Betar is also doing the same thing,’ he alleged.
The BNP leader also alleged the government had also kept the private television and radio channels under pressure so that they could not give the opposition due coverage.
‘The arrest and harassment of our leaders and activists hasn’t stopped,’ Fakhrul said.
According to him, their party wanted a proper
election atmosphere to be created so that all parties could remain in the election race.
Fakhrul urged the commission to take steps to stop the arrests of opposition leaders and activists and filing of false cases against them.
Asked what messages they were giving to their nomination seekers during the interview, he said they were asking them to put their all efforts to ensure a fair election, check rigging of votes and capturing of voting centres.
On the first day, the party nomination board interviewed 157 candidates for 33 seats under Rangpur division and 368 candidates for 39 seats under Rajshahi division