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No game with people’s franchise to be allowed: PM

Reiterating that the next general election will surely be held in a free, fair and impartial manner, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Thursday said no one will be allowed to play ducks and drakes with people’s franchise.

 

“The next general election will certainly be held in a free, fair and neutral manner … no one will be allowed to play game with people’s voting rights and we won’t let this happen,” she said.

 

Sheikh Hasina, also Awami League President, was delivering her introductory speech at a meeting of the Awami League Central Working Committee (ALCWC) at her official residence Ganobhaban in the evening.

 

She said the Election Commission will hold the next parliamentary elections fully independently.

“We’ll ensure it,” she said, adding that there is no scope of unnecessarily entering troubled waters about the polls.

 

Talking about BNP’s demand for holding a free and fair election in the country, Hasina said the party should first look in the mirror as it had first staged farcical elections. “I wonder and laugh when BNP talks about free and fair elections in the country … I think they should look in the mirror,” she said.

 

She said whatever election-related bad incidents took place in the country, those happened during the rule of the BNP. “This party had first influenced the polls and staged farcical elections,” she said.

 

The Prime Minister alleged that after grabbing power illegally violating the Constitution, General Zia staged the “Yes-No” vote farce. “Ziaur Rahman also staged farcical presidential elections where record 100 percent votes were cast and after the polls, he formed BNP.”

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