BNP’s joining JS depends on negotiations for poll-time govtRashed Ahmed Mitul
The question of BNP MPs attending the coming session of Parliament would depend on negotiations with the government over election-time government, said a party leader.
Parliament session is set to begin on September 12.
‘If the negotiations take place with the government over election-time government we would attend parliament session. Otherwise, we would stay away,’ a BNP leader and MP told New Age on condition of anonymity.
There are possibilities of negotiations with the ruling Awami League before parliament goes into session, he hinted.
He also said that the process was underway for the
negotiations on the election-time government not headed by the incumbent prime minister.
When contacted opposition chief whip Zainul Abdin Farroque, MP, told New Age that BNP had taken no decision yet regarding attending the coming parliament session.
On August 23, UN secretary general Ban Ki-moon spoke to both prime minister Sheikh Hasina and the leader of the opposition Khaleda Zia on telephone.
Ban called for finding out a solution through dialogue between the two major political parties for holding a participatory election acceptable to all.
BNP standing committee member Khandaker Mosharraf Hossain told New Age on Monday that the UN secretary general’s telephonic discussions with the two leaders were expected to have a positive impact leading to the resolution of the current political stalemate if the government gives importance to Ban Ki-moon’s initiative.
He said that his moral position drove the UN secretary general in taking the initiative for settling the issue of the election-time government through dialogue.
He said that the secretary general took the initiative in the interest of peace and discipline in the country.
Mosharraf said the initiative for free, fair and peaceful election was taken by the secretary general out of the concern that unrest could take place in the country due to stubbornness of the Hasina government.
He said the UN secretary general’s initiative for peace and democracy in the country would make headway only if the ruling party responds to his call
Mosharraf did not respond to the question whether he apprehended that 1/11 could recur.
He only said if there was no political stability there would be no stability in economy.
Replying to a question, he said that BNP welcomed the UN secretary general’s initiative as it meant recognition by the UN that there would be unrest in Bangladesh if the next general election was held unilaterally.
BNP standing committee member Mahbubur Rahman described the UN secretary general’s direct involvement in resolving the political crisis of Bangladesh as a positive sign.
He told New Age that he would hope that a good solution would come out after the top UN functionary showed concern over Bangladesh’s political crisis.
He recalled, ‘1/11 took place following intervention from the then UNDP resident coordinator in Dhaka Renata Dessallien, though she later denied it.’
This time around, he said, the UN chief took direct initiative to resolve the political crisis facing Bangladesh.
In May, the UN secretary general had sent a delegation led by assistant secretary general for political affairs Oscar Fernandez-Taranco to Dhaka to meet both Sheikh Hasina and Khaleda Zia to settle the dispute, he recalled.
He said he thought that a UN-delegation would again come to Dhaka on this particular issue.
As BNP is accommodative it has somewhat moved away from its original stand and it is no more insisting on the restoration the 13th amendment in its entirety, he said replying to a question.
The 13th amendment provided for the non-party caretaker government headed by a former chief justice.
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