BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia on Sunday demanded that army be deployed during the next general election to ensure free and fair polls.
“Army must be deployed in the next general election, or else, the polls are unlikely to be held fairly,” she said.
The BNP chief made the demand while addressing a rally at Ariabazar in Shajahanpur upazila.
Khaleda, also the leader of the opposition, claimed that the Election Commission is discharging its duties as per the government dictates, and the parliamentary constituencies have been redrawn accordingly.
Referring to army deployment at Shajahanpur on March 3 to maintain peace during the violence, Khaleda said people welcomed the move by clapping when they came out on the roads on that day and their role did not go against people.
“But police acted against people, killed people by firing shots indiscriminately like ruling party cadres,” Khaleda told the rally.
Earlier, at about 6:30pm, the BNP chief visited three temples at Bamunia and Sabekpara in Gabtali upazila which were affected during the recent violence in the areas.
In her wayside rally at Bamunia, Khaleda blamed the ruling party men for vandalising temples at different parts of the country.
Later, at about 9:00pm, Khaleda left Bogra for Dhaka.
Earlier, on Saturday, BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia left Dhaka on a two-day tour of Bogra and Joypurhat to visit the violence-hit areas in the districts and meet the families of the victims.