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BNP will not participate in upazila polls

Nominations submission for first phase ends

Published : Tuesday, 16 April, 2024 at 12:00 AM  Count : 92

BNP will not participate in the first phase of upazila election.

BNP will take the decision at the next Standing Committee meeting whether or not it will participate in next three phases of upazila polls, BNP Standing Committee Member Nazrul Islam Khan told the Daily Observer.

A section of the party leaders is in favour of participating in the upazila elections but another section is against participating in the polls.

The time for submission of nomination papers in the first phase of Upazila Parishad election ended on April 15.
The BNP leaders are not participating in the upazila elections as a party because no decision came from the partys policy-makers.

Many of the BNP grassroots leaders who are interested in participating in the upazila elections said that they are afraid of being expelled.

Expelled leaders and those who resigned are active in election campaigns.

The party took no decision regarding the upazila election as the partys policy-making council standing committee did not meet before Eid-ul-Fitr Nazrul Islam told the Daily Observer, "We have not taken any decision regarding the upazila elections. Our earlier decision not to participate in the elections under the present government stands."

He said if there is any new decision of the party regarding the upazila election, we will let the people know through the media.

A BNP leader said that ruling Awami League is sharply divided about the upazila polls.

He said that the division in the ruling party  has generated political fights between grassroots leaders, incumbent ministers, MPs, defeated MP candidates and ALs independent candidates  who won in the recent election.

"The grassroots leaders are desperately trying to win the election, while AL leaders, ministers and MPs are trying  control of upazila parishads," he said.

Another section in BNP thinks that in elections a party tests its strength. Thats why a political party must participate in elections.

Upazila election will begin on May 8.

April 15 was the last day of submission of nomination papers for election in 152 upazila parishads in the first phase.

Elections will be held in four phases in 481 upazilas.

BNP participated in the Upazila Parishad elections after boycotting the January 5, 2014 general election. Even after the 2018 general  election, BNP participated in local government elections. Later, BNP decided to boycott the upazila, municipal and union council elections.

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