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BNP to prohibit war criminals to contest polls

BNP standing committee member Nazrul Islam Khan. UNB file photo
BNP standing committee member Nazrul Islam Khan. UNB file photo

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BNP on Thursday said it will not allow any war criminal to contest the 11th parliamentary elections with the 'Sheaf of Paddy', the party's electoral symbol.

"I can assure you no war criminal will be allowed to use our electoral symbol Sheaf of Paddy," said BNP standing committee member Nazrul Islam Khan.

He came up with the remarks at a press briefing at BNP's Nayapaltan central office.

As his attention was drawn that some Jamaat leaders submitted their nomination forms to contest the polls with BNP symbol, Nazrul said, "I don’t see a problem if a person uses our symbol who is not a criminal."

He also claimed that there are some freedom fighters even in Jamaat-e-Islami.

Jamaat sources said its 24 leaders submitted their nomination papers to the returning officers in different districts to contest the national election with BNP's election symbol.

Some Jamaat leaders also filed their nominations to contest the election from different seats as independent candidates, according to a UNB report.

Replying to a query how many seats they are sharing with Jamaat, he diplomatically said they did not share any seat with Jamaat as the party nominated its candidates to contest the election with their symbol 'Sheaf of Paddy'.

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