BNP has alleged that the Election Commission rejected the party Chairperson Khaleda Zia’s nomination as a part of ‘implementing the blueprint’ of the government.
“Ignoring the right judgment of a commissioner, the other commissioners including the CEC rejected her nomination in a dissenting and questionable manner,” said BNP senior joint secretary general Ruhul Kabir Rizvi while speaking at a press conference at the party’s Nayapaltan central office on Sunday afternoon.
The BNP leader said the EC unnecessarily bought time in disposing of the appeals of their chairperson against returning officers’ rejection of her nominations for Feni-1, Bogura-6 and 7 parliamentary constituencies.
He also said Awami League general secretary Obaidul Quader at a press conference in Noakhali said Khaleda Zia could not join the election legally.
“Later, an Awami League delegation, led by Jahangir Kabir Nanak, went to the EC to ‘warn’ it about the matter and after this, the Commission cancelled her nomination,” Rizvi said.
He claimed that the ruling party delegation went to the EC to ‘ask it to reject’ Khaleda Zia’s appeals.
On Saturday, the Election Commission upheld returning officers’ decisions cancelling the candidature of jailed BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia for the forthcoming national election.
Chief Election Commissioner KM Nurul Huda and three election commissioners –Rafiqul Islam, Kabita Khanam and Shahadat Hossain Chowdhury — rejected Khaleda’s appeals, while election commissioner MahbubTalukder accepted her candidature.
Rizvi said though there was no legal bar for Khaleda to joining the election, the EC made her ineligible for the election as part of a ‘deep-rooted plot’.
He said the Commission announced valid the nominations of many convicted candidates like Pankaj Debnatth, Haji Mohammad Salim, Muhiuddin Khan Alamgir and Nazmul Huda. “Then why is not Begum Zia? The CEC cancelled Khaleda Zia’s nomination being dictated by Sheikh Hasina.”
About the demonstration by the supporters of their party’s aspirants who were not given party ticket, Rizvi hoped that they will end their protest soon and work as a team to ensure the victory of the party for having Khaleda Zia freed from jail.