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BNP to take part in polls no matter what

3 January 2018, 10:48:00

BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia yesterday (Jan 2) categorically said her party would contest the national elections, but the polls must be held under an interim non-partisan administration.

“BNP is a pro-election political party. We will contest the election even if you [government] want to keep us out of it. We will contest the polls and you must make arrangements to that end,” Khaleda told a programme at the Institution of Engineers, Bangladesh (IEB).

There has been uncertainty in and outside the party as BNP boycotted the last parliamentary polls demanding election under a non-partisan caretaker administration.

However, the government is yet to meet the demand. In addition, Khaleda has been facing corruption charges and the trial is at the final stage.

BNP leaders repeatedly alleged that “false, fabricated and politically motivated” cases were filed against her to keep her away from the next national polls.

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