Dhaka, Friday   19 April 2019

‘If Salim, Pankaj can join polls, why not BNP contestants’

 Staff Correspondent :: staff-correspondent

 Published: 07:36 PM, 4 December 2018   Updated: 07:36 PM, 4 December 2018

Daily Bangladesh Desk

Daily Bangladesh Desk

BNP Organizing Secretary Ruhul Kuddus Talukdar Dulu questioned why BNP contestants’ nominations were rejected when Awami League candidates like Haji Mohammad Salim and Pankaj Devnath were allowed to take part in the election despite being convicted in corruption cases.

He said, “Haji Salim was sentenced to 13 years’ imprisonment while Pankaj Devnath was jailed for 12 years in corruption cases. I want to ask through the media if they can participate in the election, why BNP leaders cannot join the polls.”

 Ruhul Kuddus Talukdar Dulu commented these on Tuesday while talking to reporters at the Nirbachan Bhaban.

The BNP leader went to the Election Commission in the morning for submitting an appeal against the rejection of his nomination paper.

The returning officer of Natore canceled Dulu’s nomination for contesting the forthcoming general election from the Natore-2 constituency for his conviction.

Claiming that his nomination paper was revoked in a planned way, the BNP leader said the government wants to hold a 2014-like lopsided election so that they can go to power for another five years. “They want to keep BNP out of the election race as they know our party will surely win the election.”

He also said they will be in the field till December 30. “Country’s people remain with us. We’ll face the government’s all conspiracies together with people.”

Dulu also said they will move the High Court if they do not get remedy from the Election Commission.