AL trying to woo Qawmi madrasa leaders for vote: BNP
Dhaka: Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) senior leader Moudud Ahmed on Thursday alleged that Awami League is trying to woo Qawmi madrasa leaders to have its teachers and students' support in the next general election.
"The Prime Minister's meeting with Qawmi madrasas (leaders) has manifested that she has launched an election campaign in favour of her party. Earlier, she had a meeting with Aem-Ulema. They're trying to persuade Allama Shafi and Alem-Ulema by holding such meetings," he told a discussion.
Jatiyatabadi Manabadhikar Parishad arranged the programme at National Press Club.
Moudud, a BNP standing committee member, said Awami League had also signed a five-point agreement with Islamic party Khelafat Majlish before announcing its election schedule in 2006 to ensure its victory in the national election.
He said Awami League has now initiated the politics of vote.
Referring to media reports, the BNP leader said the ruling party has already made the list of 3,000 people to select its 300 MP candidates. "The Prime Minister and ministers are conducting campaign and seeking vote for boat using the state facilities."
He alleged that the government has kept BNP almost under lock and key by not allowing it to hold any rally and public meeting.
Moudud warned that no more one-party and lopsided election will be allowed to be held in Bangladesh, no matter what strategy Awami League makes.
About militancy, the BNP leader said militancy has spread in the country for political vacuum that has created for obliterating democracy.
He urged the government to restore democracy and people's voting right to successfully eliminate militancy.