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BNP candidates allege irregularities, rigging, attacks on supporters

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At least ten BNP backed Upazila Chairman  candidates on Thursday announced boycott of Upazila election  bringing allegations of  irregularities  including massive rigging  and  influence of  the administration in favour of the ruling party backed candidates.
The local units of the BNP  announced  observance  of hartal for Friday  in  Kabirhat,Companiganj and  Chatkhil  (Noakhali) in protest against the failure of the Election Commission (EC) to  hold   Upazila polls in a free and fair manner.
The Upazilas where the BNP  backed candidates  announced their boycott are Barisal Sadar, Charfession  and Borhanuddin (Bhola), Companiganj  and Kabirhat of Noakhali, Faridganj in Chandpur and Shibchar  of Madaripur and Sharsha and Chowgachha of Jessore.   The   BNP leaders brought allegations of booth capture, stuffing of ballot papers, driving away BNP polling agents and  attack on  their supporters .
The local level  BNP leaders  announced observance of hartal in those places for tomorrow (Saturday) while for Sunday in Barisal city   in protest against irregularities in election and attack on the party supporters centering the elections.
 Former mayor of Barisal Mujibur Rahman  Sarwar  addressing a press briefing  at his house on Thursday   morning said the BNP backed candidates have boycotted  the Upazila elections  in Barisal Sadar, Charfession  and Borhanuddin Upazila in Bhola  due to stuffing of ballot papers, booth capture and driving away polling agents of their candidates.  
Local level BNP leaders addressing a  separate  briefing in  Jessore Press Club on Thursday afternoon brought allegations of irregularities in Sharsha and Chowgachha Upazila elections. They blamed the EC   for   its failure  in  conducting free and fair elections.  District BNP General Secretary Advocate Syed Saberul Huq Sabu among others, who spoke on the occasion.   
Meanwhile, Khalilur Rahman Thandu Chowdhury, a BNP backed candidate of Shibchar Upazila, Madaripur  along with two vice chairmen candidates announced their decision of boycotting the election race bringing allegations of  irregularities against the administration.
They announced the decision  at  a protest rally in front of the office of the Upazila Nirbahi Officer at around 11 AM on the day.
When the  rally  was in progress  police opened blank shots to disperse it. Besides, police also lathi-charged  the people who were at the  rally causing injuries to five persons.
BNP backed candidates have also announced election boycott  at Faridganj  in Chandpur and Mirpur, Kushtia bringing identical allegations.  Meanwhile, BNP backed candidate boycotted polls in Sadar Upazila bringing allegation  of vote rigging and massive irregularities. Local BNP also called a day long hartal in the Upazila for tomorrow (Saturday) in protest against snatching away people's right to vote.
BNP backed candidates had earlier boycotted Upazila polls  in seven out of 97 Upazilas  in  the first phase of the elections.  But the party  candidates won in majority places, it should be recalled.

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