18-party rejects PM’s election plansNew Age Online
Bangladesh Nationalist Party acting secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir said categorically on Tuesday that the 18-party alliance-led by his party did not accept the framework for next general elections outlined by the prime minister.
He said the prime minister herself had blocked the path for dialogue to overcome the current political crisis over election-time government.
Fakhrul made the remarks at a news briefing flanked by the secretary general-level leaders of the alliance at the BNP central office in the afternoon.
Earlier, Fakhrul held a meeting with alliance leaders at the BNP office over the latest political developments and to make Khaleda Zia’s public meetings in Narsingdi district town and divisional cities a success.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina at a cabinet meeting on Monday briefed bureaucrats that the next general elections would be held by January 24 keeping the present cabinet and parliament in function.
The PM stated that no parliament session would be held from October 27
to January 24 and cabinet could not take any policymaking decision.
Asked about what would now be the priority of the alliance - resisting the elections or realizing the demand for caretaker government - Fakhrul said people would resist if the government held unilateral elections.
He said the prime minister’s statement in the cabinet over next elections had made people more frustrated and worried.
He said people had hoped there would be an understanding through dialogue.
Fakhrul said, ‘unfortunately the prime minister’s statement on Monday proved they want to cling to power following a blueprint.’
He said the alliance wanted the next general elections under a non-party government.
Fakhrul also criticized the government’s decision not to incorporate those who were convicted for committing crimes against humanity during the liberation war in 1971, into the voter list.
He said when the matter is still pending with the appellate division the decision is totally unlawful and contrary to rule of law.
Fakhrul urged the government not to take the decision without disposal off the matter in the appellate division.
Furthermore, the BNP acting secretary general condemned the arrest of Jamiat-e-Olamay-e-Islam secretary general Mufti Wakkas and demanded his unconditional release.
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