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>govt wants to take country back to pre-Jan 11 situation: Khaleda

>Detained BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia said on Thursday the government wants to take the country back to the pre-January 11 situations by holding the local body elections before the parliamentary polls ignoring opinions of all political parties. (Full report)
“All major and minor political parties including the Awami League want the national elections first. But ignoring the opinions the government wants to hold the local body elections first which will take the country back to the pre-January 11 situations,” she told journalists after Thursday’s trial proceedings in the Niko graft case against her and 10 others at a special court.
“By holding the local body elections, the government plans to form a party of its chosen people and cling to power by electing them,” she said.
She told reporters that her party wants to cooperate with the government, but it has to create a favourable atmosphere first for holding the parliamentary elections.
“We want to cooperate, we want an acceptable election with participation of all political parties. But before that, the government will have to lift the state of emergency to ensure a congenial atmosphere for the election,” she said, adding, “Creating that atmosphere is the duty of the government and it has to prove its neutrality by treating everybody equally.”

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