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Khaleda’s rejection proves level-playing field: AL
Awami League leader Lt Col (retd) Faruk Khan today said that the cancellation of BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia’s nomination papers for Feni-1 proves that level-playing field is prevailing in the country for the upcoming general election.
This (rejection of Khaleda’s nomination) proves that there is level-playing field in Bangladesh, laws are equal for everyone and this is level-playing ground, Faruk Khan, also a presidium member of AL, told reporters after emerging from a meeting with the Election Commission.
Laws will not be different for any person whether he or she is the chief of any political party, he said.
Earlier, a 10-member delegation of the ruling Awami League led by Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina's Political Adviser HT Imam held a meeting with the commission.
Emerging from the meeting, HT Imam said the BNP chairperson’s nomination papers have been cancelled by the returning officer.
It is not a matter of any political party chief, it is an issue of a convicted person. There has been no deviation of law in this case, he said.
HT Imam also alleged that BNP Secretary General Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir held a rally at Syedpur Airport which is a violation of electoral code and a punishable offence.
We have been observing that provocative speeches targeting the EC and the government are being delivered. I call upon all to show restraint and assist the EC to hold a free and fair election as this election is going to be a participatory one, he said.
Earlier this morning, Khaleda’s nomination papers for contesting in the parliamentary election from Feni-1 constituency were rejected due to her conviction in two corruption cases.
Returning Officer Md Wahiduzzaman rejected the nomination papers of Khaleda and three others in the constituency at 11:30am.