Polls-time govt

Restating that the next election will be held as per the constitution, the prime minister said that it is not correct that the polls will not be staged in a transparent manner. “The election will be held in the way that has been mentioned in the constitution and the polls-time government will be formed as per the constitution … it’s reality,” she said.

Sheikh Hasina said the Election Commission will stage the polls. The EC has been constituted through a search committee and the persons whom the BNP wanted have been kept in the commission, she said.

Responding to Bikalpa Dhara President Dr Badruddoza Chowdhury’s apprehension about the next polls, the prime minister said where was he when Ziaur Rahman staged the farcical “yes-no” vote, the presidential and parliamentary polls.

“Vote rigging and irregularities were initiated during the rule of Zia and it was Zia who grabbed power violating constitution and declared himself as the president by removing ASM Sayem from the post of president at gun-point,” she said.

The premier said after capturing power Zia staged farcical election one after another. “Did Badruddoza Chowdhury forget what the 1981 election was,” she said.

Sheikh Hasina said “good and bad” from the mouth of the BNP which held the Magura by-polls, 15th February election in 1996 and which tried to stage election in 2006 through preparing a voter list with 1.23 crore fake voters doesn’t suit. “Even the insane would laugh listening to their comments,” she said.

The premier said the election is now held transparently due to our proposal for transparent ballot box and voter list with photographs. “We’ve done the struggle for vote and foods,” she said.

In this connection, Sheikh Hasina said, “What can we do if any person or organisation doesn’t come to the election and why the frustration regarding the participation of those who killed over 500 people and torched 582 schools to thwart the January 5 election.”

Mentioning that the people will decide everything, there is a quarter in the country which has no place for keeping feet, she said.

“They are seeking international pressure and making complaints frequently to others,” she said, adding, “we’ve a link with the soil and place for keeping feet.”