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The ruling Awami League (AL) and the major opposition
Bangladesh Nationalists Party (BNP) have blamed each other for violating
electrical norms prior to a by-election in Bhola -3 constituency .
The supporters of the candidates of both
parties are alleged to have attacked each other during tense campaign. Awami
League accuses BNP for trying to find an excuse to boycott an election for a
candidate who the BNP leadership does not support . The BNP on the other hand
claims that this will be a test case in election and they refuted the
allegation that they would boycott the by-election.
The candidates from both
parties complained to the election commissioner Sahul Hussain that their
supporters were being intimidated. Hussain sought
sincere cooperation from both candidates
but declined BNP’s demand to deploy army during the election. He said
that the police and the RAB will be further strengthened in the area to ensure
that law and order situation does not deteriorate.