Tarique calls for resisting polls

BNP Senior Vice Chairman Tarique Rahman in video message from London has called upon the countrymen to resist the “farcical election” at any cost .

Tarique also urged the voters to boycott the Sunday’s election which lost legitimacy both at home and abroad.

Mired in controversy, the 10th parliamentary election is going to be held in just 147 out of 300 seats in 59 out of 64 districts of the country amid boycott by the main opposition BNP-led 18-party combine.

“It is high time to forget differences. Unite and join the movement against the government. Don’t wait any more for orders,” Tarique said referring to the opposition leaders and activists across the country.

The whole country is submerged in deep uncertainty.

“People are the basis of politics. We all have our own political ideologies. It could be different, however. But we are at a same point having this country and its citizens in our minds.”

He added that they might have different opinions on how to make the country even more affluent, but cannot have differences on the question of the existence of the country.

“Unfortunately, the reality is the ongoing political crisis has been started surrounding this question.”

In an oblique reference to the ruling Awami League, he alleged that a small political power has changed the definition of the independence and sovereignty.

Without mentioning the name of India, Tarique said relation with the neighbouring country could have been normal and reciprocal but the ruling party is using that relation for its personal narrow interest.

He said the AL went to power five years ago through a process of political transition. “The process was questionable, but BNP accepted it and went to opposition for the sake of democracy.”

Looting of properties, destruction of sovereignty and suppression of critics and contestants have proved that the process of power handover was an evil design.