The detained Bangladesh Nationalist Party chairperson Khaleda Zia
has said the incumbents, though they do not have any constitutional mandate to
conduct local polls, are out to do so, and that too under emergency, only to
install people of their choice in public offices. In this regard, Khaleda
categorically said that there could be no elections, national or local, under
the state of emergency. She, however, did not clearly say whether her party
would resist the local body elections scheduled for August 4.
She said her party was not against local body polls, but those must be held
under an elected democratic government since the caretaker government was not
mandated to hold local government polls.
Khaleda, the former prime minister, made the statements Tuesday while talking
to her lawyers in a special court in the Jatiya Sangsad premises after the
proceedings in the GATCO