PM’s statement to deepen crisis: BNPStaff Correspondent
The Bangladesh Nationalist Party has said that the statement of the prime minister, Sheikh Hasina, about an election-time government would further deepen the current political crisis.
The party iterated that it would not join the next general elections under the present government.
Hasina at a news conference on Sunday said that the next general elections would be held in keeping with provisions in the constitution and her party would not budge an inch from the provisions.
In an instant reaction to the prime minister’s remarks, the acting BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir said that they would not take part in the next general elections under a partisan government and people would not accept such elections.
He said that the prime minister’s statement had disappointed the nation.
Fakhrul, at a hurriedly called news briefing at the office of the BNP chairperson, Khaleda Zia, at Gulshan in the evening, said that they had expected that the prime minister would make
a statesmanlike speech and announce a guideline on resolving the current political crisis centring on an election-time government.
He said that the prime minister had not taken any steps to resolve the crisis and her statement would rather deepen the crisis.
He said that they were observing with concern that the government was trying to push the nation to confrontation.
Fakhrul hoped that good sense would prevail on the government and said that there was still time to find out an acceptable system through discussions with all to hold fair and free elections.
No fair elections will, otherwise, take place, he said. The government will need to shoulder the responsibility for any confrontation.
Referring to the Supreme Court verdict, he said that there was the scope for holding general elections for two terms under a non-party, caretaker government.
The AL-led government has amended the constitution according to its wish only to cling to power, he said.
Fakhrul said that the ruling party could not return to power by highlighting development works. He said that people could not be won with lists of development works and without resolving the political crisis.
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