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Govt plotting to disqualify Khaleda, Tarique for polls: Fakhrul

Published : Monday, 16 July, 2018 at 12:00 AM  Count : 451

BNP on Sunday feared that the government is trying to amend the Representation of the People Order (RPO) to remove the party Chairperson Khaleda Zia and Vice-Chairman Tarique Rahman from their party leadership and disqualify them for election.
"The government has been on a serious plot against our party Chairperson Khaleda Zia and Acting Chairman Tarique Rahman. They are trying to add a similar section to the RPO which BNP revoked from its Constitution," said BNP Secretary General Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir.
The BNP leader was speaking at a press briefing at the party central office at Nayapaltan in the capital.
Fakhrul further said, "We have come to know from credible sources that the government is making evil efforts to remove Khaleda Zia and Tarique Rahman from the party's leadership by adding the section to the RPO through the Election Commission."
Replying to a question, the BNP leader said they fear that the move was taken also to disqualify Khaleda Zia and Tarique Rahman for the national polls.
He alleged that Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Wednesday in parliament made some "bizarre and false" comments about the amendment of section 7 of BNP's party charter.  
"The section 7 of BNP's constitution was amended at our sixth national council which was later submitted to the EC," he said.
Ahead of the court verdict against Khaleda in Zia Orphanage Trust case on February 8, BNP deleted section 7 of its constitution that barred a convicted person from staying in the committees of the party.
Fakhrul said the government is hatching deep conspiracy centring the upcoming 11th parliamentary election, saying Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina was walking on the path of conspiracy to destroy BNP.
BNP Standing Committee member Dr Abdul Moyeen Khan, Senior Joint Secretary General Ruhul Kabir Rizvi Ahmed and Deputy Organising Secretary Abdus Salam Azad, among others, were present at the briefing. 

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