'Deploy army with magistracy power in polls'
BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia today demanded army deployment with magistracy power to hold the next general election in a free, fair and credible manner.

“The upcoming general election must be held under a neutral government and army will have to be deployed with magistracy power,” Khaleda made the demand while addressing a rally at the Suhrawardi Udyan in Dhaka this afternoon.

Khaleda also blasted the government for creating barricades at all entry points across the capital so that the leaders and activists cannot reach the rally venue.

“The government has exposed its narrow minded attitude by doing so,” the former prime minister said.

Claiming that no fair and credible polls can be held under Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina as the overseer, Khaleda said the people’s rights to vote will have to be given back by holding the next general election under a neutral government.

She also criticised the authorities concerned for their attempt to use electronic voting machine in the next general election and said such electronic voting machines should not be allowed in the election.

She reached the rally venue around 3:10pm with thousands of people, including party leaders and activists, gathered there marking the National Revolution and Solidarity Day.

BNP yesterday received a conditional permission from the authorities concerned to hold a public rally at Suhrawardy Udyan today. The party plans to stage a huge showdown by organising it.

Khaleda Zia last addressed a rally at the same venue on January 20, 2014, 15 days after the 10th parliamentary polls.

On November 3, the BNP announced to hold the rally at the Suhrawardy Udyan on November 8, marking what it said “the civil-military uprising on November 7, 1975”.

Later, the party deferred it to Sunday.