BNP lawmaker Harunur Rashid on Monday came down heavily on the Election Commission over its helplessness as the ruling party MP from Comilla-6 AKM Bahauddin Bahar did not leave his constituency despite instructions of the commission.
He said such helplessness of the Election Commission proved that free and fair elections are not possible under the ruling government.
The opposition MP said this while participating in the general discussion in parliament on the supplementary budget for 2021-22 fiscal.
Referring to the additional allocation of Tk 75 crore for the Election Commission in the supplementary budget, Harunur Rashid said, "Is election taking place in Bangladesh? There is farce taking place in the name of elections.”
Harun said former Chief Election Commissioner KM Nurul Huda recently said that there were some flaws in the electronic voting machines (EVM).
“Why the former CEC held elections with such flawed EVMs? He should be brought to justice (for doing this),” Harun said.
The BNP MP said the former and existing election commissioners have given a clear picture of the electoral system to the people.
Pointing to widespread irregularities and corruption in the name of e-commerce, Harun said thousands of crores of taka have been looted from the people in the name of e-commerce.
Due to the weakness of financial institutions, police officer Rana, the main beneficiary behind e-commerce site e-orange, fled the country and took shelter in India.
He questioned why the government couldn’t bring Rana back to the country from India despite having very good relations with the neighboring country.
He demanded that the government bring back all who have fled the country and thus bring back public money.
“The money looted from the state exchequer must be brought back.”
He said that Begum para has been created (in Canada) with the smuggled money from Bangladesh.
Criticizing the finance minister, he said, he has given immunity for laundered money.