BNP headquarters in Gulshan: File photo
BNP on Tuesday alleged that the authorities concerned have cut internet access at its chief's Gulshan political headquarters in the capital after its acting chairman Tarique Rahman interviewed election candidates via Skype in the last two days.
Party spokesperson Sayrul Kabir Khan has confirmed the news with no revelation about Tarique’s joining today.
“The internet access at the headquarters was cut late on Monday. We don't know who did it, but it was done to stop Tarique Rahman from holding interviews of the polls aspirants on Skype," he alleged.
“I’m not confirmed about Tarique’s joining in today’s interview session in the party office as he was before,’ the BNP leader also said.
The authorities of Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission (BTRC) reportedly blocked video chatting application Skype across the country yesterday.
But Kalerkantho could not independently verify the blocking information till today.
Earlier, BNP acting chairman Tarique Rahman joined the party nomination board through videoconferencing on the second consecutive day yesterday.
The party has started the interview with aspirants who bought nomination forms to contest in the 11th parliamentary election from Chattogram division at BNP chairperson’s Gulshan office in the capital around 10am for the third consecutive day today.
The party nomination board, comprising BNP standing committee members, are present in the interview session.
Tarique, who has been staying in London since 2008, on Sunday interviewed 540 nomination seekers from 72 constituencies of 16 districts in the two divisions at the BNP chief's Gulshan political office through the video conferenceing.
Earlier on Sunday, Election Commissioner Rafiqul Islam said the commission will take necessary action if it gets the proof that BNP acting chairperson Tarique Rahman is interviewing the nomination aspirants through videoconferences.
The EC made the comment on the day soon after Awami League General Secretary Obaidul Qauder drew the attention of the Election Commission in this regard.
Briefing journalists later in the day, the election commissioner said: "We have heard about the matter. We will take action as per the law if proof of his [Tarique] videoconferences is found."
"Meanwhile, we will discuss the issue and fix the next course of action soon," he added.
Drawing the attention of the EC, Road, Transport and Bridges Minister Obaidul Qauder questioned: "Whether a fugitive convicted in two cases can join election procedures.”
According to BNP insiders, Tarique Rahman was interviewing party’s nomination aspirants for the 11th parliamentary elections through a videoconference. The interview was set to continue till Wednesday (tomorrow).
BNP Secretary General Mirza Fakhrul Islam, however, on Sunday ruled out AL’s enquiries and said the ruling party has no right to interfere in their party activities.
“It’s totally our concern who will be in the interview board and who won’t,” he added.
On November 12, BNP started offering the nomination papers and sold 4,580 pieces to the aspirants who are willing to contest in the upcoming election under the banner of the party.
On November 8, a fresh election schedule was announced by the Election Commission and according to the new date, the general election would be held on December 30.