BNP Chairperson Begum Khaleda Zia has commented that there is still a controversy over the number of Liberation War martyrs.
“There has been a controversy over the exact number of Liberation War martyrs. Actually, how many people had embraced martyrdom?” questioned Khaleda at a gathering of the freedom fighters held at the Institution of Engineers, Bangladesh in the capital on Monday.
Not mentioning the name of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, the BNP chief claimed, “He did not want the country's independence. Rather wanted to become the prime minister of Pakistan.The country would not have been independent had Ziaur Rahman not declared the independence in 1971.”
bdnews24.com adds : Demanding army deployment for the municipal polls to guarantee a free and fair election, she said the Election Commission has already denied the possibility of unfairness in the elections.
BNP does not expect the polls to be free and fair, as the EC is not acting against ruling Awami League candidates in cases of ‘breach’ of the electoral code of conduct, Khaleda argued.
“The army will have to be deployed to keep the election truly fair and impartial,” she said at a discussion of Muktijoddha Dal on Monday.
The BNP chief also hopes mayoral candidates of her party will sweep in most of the municipalities that are going for the polls on Dec 30.
“I can say we will get 80 percent of the votes if the election remains fair,” she said.