BNP to discuss with Prime Minister election-time govt

BNP to discuss with Prime Minister election-time govt

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Dhaka – The BNP on Monday expressed its eagerness to discuss with Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina across the table on election-time supportive government.BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir made his eagerness while speaking at a press conference following a joint meeting at party headquarters at Naya Paltan in the city.
He said the BNP would put an outline to the premier to discuss the election-time supportive government.
“We will call upon the Prime Minister to take initiative for discussion for holding a free, fair and impartial election,” he said adding that the government would have to take the responsibility if it does not take an initiative.
About the newly constituted Election Commission (EC), the BNP leader said the President has done whatever he supposed to do.
“Now, the BNP wants to hold discussion with the Prime Minister on election-time supportive government. Otherwise, the government will have to take the responsibility,” he said.
“The people can realize it that a free and fair election is not possible without an election-time neutral government,” he said.
Mirza Alamgir said the CEC is not an “eligible person” but there are many things regarding the national elections. “So, the matter can be looked after later on,” he added.
Asked whether the BNP would take part in national election under the present commission, he said it is not a matter to discuss now but they would take part in local government polls as they did before.
Replying to a question, he said there was no meeting and the matter as to who will take the party steer if the party chairperson is sentenced was not discussed among the party leaders. He termed such news story imaginary.
On graft allegation of Padma Bridge project, he questioned where there is no corruption? Corruption is widespread and everywhere, he said adding that the World Bank did not change its stance over corruption allegation in Padma Bridge corruption. They did not say that there was no corruption, he added.
BNP senior joint secretary general Ruhul Kabir Rizvi, among others, was present on the occasion.
Earlier, the joint meeting adopted a two-day programme to mark the Language Martyrs Day and International Mother Language Day.
As part of the programme, BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia will visit the graves of language martyrs at Azimpur graveyard and place wreath at Shaheed Minar on February 21 morning.
The BNP will also hold a discussion meeting at Institution of Engineers, Bangladesh on February 20.
Besides, the party will hoist national and party flags half mast at party offices across the country in observance of the day.
The BNP secretary general announced the programme after the joint meeting. – Staff Reporter

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