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Candidates of the main opposition alliance Jatiya Oikya Front, including the Bangladesh Nationalist Party, are reluctant to file petitions with the High Court challenging vote fraud and flaws in the December 30 elections to the 11th parliament.


BNP leaders think that they would get no remedy by going to the High Court under the present Awami League rule rather the move might boomerang back at the party.
A senior BNP leader said that it was not mandatory for all the candidates to file election petitions but if any candidate might go to the High Court.
BNP vice-chairman Mohammad Shahjahan told New Age on Wednesday that he was not in favour of filing petition with the High Court. Filing of such petition would bring no results as not only the ruling Awami League but the entire state machinery was involved in the vote fraud, he added.
Shahjahan, who contested for Noakhali 4 parliamentary constituency, said he heard that the party might reconsider the decision.
On January 3, BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir told journalists that the party candidates in the December 30 general election would file election petitions against vote and flaws in their respective constituencies and demanding re-elections.
He made the remarks after a meeting of candidates of the Jatiya Oikya Front who took part the 11th parliamentary elections with BNP’s electoral symbol sheaf of paddy.
The meeting was held at jailed BNP imprisoned chairperson Khaleda Zia’s Gulshan office.
BNP chairperson’s advisory council member Abdus Salam, who contested for Dhaka 13, told New Age on Tuesday that he was against filing of election petitions as every institution had been politicised by the AL government.
BNP publicly secretary Shahiduddin Chowdhury Anee said that many candidates were reluctant to file the petition with the High Court thinking that it would bring no benefit.
He said that he came to know that the party decided to face the issue politically.
Anne, who contested for Lakshmipur 3, said he would file no petition.
BNP’s electoral alliance Jatiya Oikya Front also announced that its candidates would file election petitions.
The front got only 8 seats — BNP 6 and the Gono Forum 2 — as the ruling AL-led grand alliance took 289 of the 300 seats in the elections marred by fraud and flaws.
Front component Jatiya Samajtantrik Dal faction general secretary Abdul Malek Ratan said that he was still undecided about filing the petition.
Malek contested for Cumilla 4 with electoral symbol sheaf of paddy.
Gono Forum executive president Subrata Chowdhury said that many candidates did not want to file petition.
Subrata, who contested for Dhaka 6, however, said that he filed an election petition with the High Court.

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