BNP’s decision to join UZ polls positive: Amu

UNB, Dhaka :
Industries Minister Amir Hossain Amu on Friday said that the BNP’s decision to join the upazila elections proves Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina was on the right path about the 10th general election.
“BNP’s decision to participate in the upazila elections proves that democracy wins in the country,” he said, addressing the inaugural session of the two-day representative conference of Institution of Diploma Engineers, Bangladesh (IDEB) at the IDEB Building.
“If the BNP can now participate in the upazila elections under the Sheikh Hasina’s government, what
submitted those to contest the first phase of elections slated for February 19.
“Upazila elections are non-political ones. But our party leaders will contest the polls with people’s support as per the expectations of the party grassroots,” said BNP standing committee member Lt Gen (retd) Mahbubur Rahman.
Mentioning BNP a pro-election party, he said their party high-ups are taking the election with a great importance as local bodies cement the foundation of democracy.
Asked why they are allowing their party men to run the polls since they boycotted the general election, Mahbub said the nature of the two elections is quite different. “Change in regime comes through the national election which doesn’t happen in local body polls. We’d earlier also joined city polls under the Awami League regime and the current Election Commission.”
The BNP policymaker also said the party grassroots are very eager to join the election as they think it will eventfully strengthen their party in local areas and boost up their confidence and vigour.
Party sources said the party high-command has assigned some senior leaders to unofficially nominate competent candidates to contest the polls in favour of the party in consultation with local leaders.
Contacted, party vice chairman Abdullah Al-Noman told UNB that though they boycotted the 10th parliamentary elections, the party is not doing the same strategy in the upazila polls. “Local leaders will contest the polls in consultation with the grassroots party followers.”