BNP slams field-level EC reshuffle

Dhaka,  Thu,  20 July 2017
Published : 13 Jul 2017, 00:46:42
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BNP slams field-level EC reshuffle

A BNP senior leader said on Wednesday a major reshuffle in the field-level administration of Election Commission (EC) ahead of the national and major city elections is part of a far-reaching evil design to influence the polls, reports UNB.

BNP senior joint secretary general Ruhul Kabir Rizvi made the comments while speaking at a press conference at the party's Nayapaltan central office in the city.

He said though a major reshuffle has been made in the EC's field-level administration, the head of the Commission's committee on appointment and transfer and promotion, Mahbub Talukder, has no knowledge about it.

Referring to a national daily's report, he also said Mahbub Talukder, also an Election Commissioner, has sent a note to the EC secretary in this regard. "People have got surprised with the sensational incitement."

Rizvi said a big question has arisen in public mind whether the mass-transfer was made ached of the 11th parliamentary polls and city polls billed for December next with an evil motive.

"We think the major changes to the EC's field administration are part of far-reaching blueprint."

He said voters also feared whether the reshuffle is a sign of a plot to influence the next polls.

The BNP leader claimed that even many officials of the Commission have got 'aggrieved' over the sudden mass transfer.

He alleged that the incident has not only damaged the EC's image but also put its activities under a big question.

The BNP leader slammed Finance Minister AMA Muhith for his comment about the media report on stashing of huge money by Bangladeshis in Swiss banks, saying he is trying to protect the 'ruling party men' who siphoned off money.

"The Finance Minister had first said there was no siphoning off money, expect transaction with Swiss banks. Later, he said a small amount of money was laundered. Such contradictory statements are Awami League leaders' old technique to hide the truth," he said.

 He also said everybody knows it very well that different financial institutions, including public banks, have got depleted due to widespread plundering. "We would like to say the day is not far away when they (AL men) will have to be accountable to people for their corruption and plundering."

Different media reported that the Swiss National Bank has recently launched a series of annual reports titled 'Banks in Switzerland-2016' revealing deposits by Bangladeshis in Switzerland's different banks rose further.
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