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Monday, August 3, 2015, Shraban 19, 1422 BS, Shawal 17, 1436 Hijr

Not snap polls, BNP demands fresh election
Published :Monday, 3 August, 2015,  Time : 12:00 AM  View Count : 12

Terming 'unsystematic, unusual and unfair' the January-5 election, BNP spokesman Asaduzzaman Ripon on Sunday said their party demands a fresh election, not a mid-term one.
"Many people are talking about mid-term polls, but our party doesn't consider it a snap election. A government, which is elected systematically with people's vote, arranges such an election either to test its popularity or it is forced to do it due to internal pressure for its failure, big scandal or deviation from principles," he said.
Addressing a press briefing at the party's Nayapaltan central office, the BNP leader further said, "The January-5 election was not normal and systematic, free and fair as people could not exercise their franchise. So, there's no question of any mid-term polls and we demand a fresh election."
He said BNP wants a fresh election under a non-party administration so that people can cast their votes in a congenial atmosphere without any fear.
Referring to Awami League general secretary Syed Ashraful Islam's comment that BNP will go out of its existence if it boycotts the next polls, Ripon said they have repeatedly been saying that the next election will be held under a non-party administration and they will join it.
Talking to reporters after placing wreaths at the grave of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman at Tungipara, Gopalganj, Syed Ashraful Islam on Saturday ruled out the possibility of any snap polls and said the next election will be held in the stipulated time under Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina.
He also observed that there will be no existence of BNP if it skips the next polls.
Reacting to Ashraf's remarks, Ripon said, "Politics is like a dream and the political parties are means to materialise it. Crores of people's party, BNP will remain always awake for implementing the dreams of its founder Ziaur Rahman. There's no reason for destruction or abolishment of BNP."     ?UNB

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