BNP decries PM's statement of the party and its chief Khaleda

BNP decries PM’s statement of the party and its chief Khaleda

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Dhaka – BNP leaders on Thursday observed that the door of talks should not be closed rather they suggested the government should resolve the current political impasse through dialogue.In their instant reaction they accused Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina of giving aggressive statement against the BNP and its chairperson Khaleda Zia and regretted as to how the ruling Awami League chief can give such statements being the head of the government.
Some leaders said if the premier does not take any initiative for holding a free, fair and credible election under a neutral administration they would take the issue to the people.
The BNP leaders comment came immediately after the Prime Minister’s press briefing on the outcome of her just concluded visit to Cambodia.
Many leaders, however, declined comment over the Prime Ministers statements related to dialogue, next elections and alleged money laundering by Khaleda to Saudi Arabia.
During her press briefing held at her official residence, the premier made it clear that she won’t take any effort to hold dialogue with BNP that had boycotted the January 5, 2014 elections.
Sheikh Hasina said the BNP itself would join the next polls by rubbing its nose with ground.
The AL chief heavily came down to the BNP chief for her comments that she forgave her (Hasina) and said Khaleda should apologies to the nation for her misdeeds.
Hasina also accused BNP founder late president Ziaur Rahman of giving opportunity to anti-liberation forces to do politics in the name of introduction of multi-party democracy.
“The door of discussion should not be closed. The current political impasse should be resolved through holding talks among the political parties,” said BNP standing committee member Lt Gen (Retd) Mahbubur Rahman.
Terming the Prime Minister’s statement political one, he said a congenial atmosphere should be created to hold the next election in a free, fair and neutral manner.
“The government should ensure holding a neutral and acceptable election that requires creating a congenial atmosphere. And dialogue and discussion are needed to create the environment,” he observed.
A senior vice chairman preferring anonymity said that the government planned to manipulate in the next polls sensing that there is no scope for the ruling party to win the next polls.
“That’s why they are not ready for a dialogue. If they hold dialogue they may give some concession and commitment to the opposition,” he said.
The BNP leader apprehended that the government wants to hold the election keeping top leaders of the opposition outside the polls by convicting them.
He said the statements of the premier pushed the method of transfer of power towards uncertainty.
“The AL wants such an election where there will be no role of the people and they would not be able to cast their votes,” he added.
BNP joint secretary general Syed Moazzem Hossain Alal termed the premier’s statement old one, half truth and imaginary. He also termed the premier’s statement beyond the political gesture.
He alleged that the premier made the statement from her political vengeance and she should not do it staying in power.
Replying to a question, he said they are not waiting for initiative of the government for holding the dialogue.
“We have put our proposals to the Election Commission. If the government does not hold any talks our talks will be with the people,” he said.
Regarding introduction of multiparty democracy, he said the AL had been created with the opportunity of the multiparty democracy.
“The AL had emerged as a political party from BAKSAL and its chief has been elected Prime Minister taking the advantage of the multiparty democracy,” he claimed. – Staff Reporter

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