BNP standing committee member Nazrul Islam Khan yesterday said the party would continue the struggle under the leadership of chairperson Khaleda Zia until their demand for holding a neutral election is materialised.“The country is passing through a political crisis and there is no alternative to hold fair elections under a non-partisan government to resolve it. BNP will not compromise over the issue,” he said while addressing a discussion meeting at the National Press Club.
Afsar Ahmed Smriti Foundation organised the meeting to mark the death anniversary of party late leader and former lawmaker Advocate Afsar Ahmed Siddiqui.
Khan alleged that the ruling Awami League had held an election of sharing on January 5 and people could not cast their vote. “That’s why we demand for an election under a non-partisan government,” he added.
He said, “We are struggling in a peaceful manner for restoration of real democracy in the country taking people.”
Presided over by Jahanara Siddiqui, president of the foundation, the meeting was also addressed, among others by BNP vice chairman Abdullah Al Noman and Habibur Rahman Habib.
He questioned the acceptance of present democracy saying that most of the votes would cast against Awami League if a secret election is held inside the party.
In another development, BNP spokesperson Dr Asaduzzaman Ripon in a statement yesterday apprehended that there might be an ill motive behind the killings of two foreigners to tarnish the image of the opposition. Honest
He made the apprehension indicating the statements from different quarters of the government involving Khaleda Zia for “hatching conspiracy by staying abroad.”
The statement, signed by assistant office secretary Abdul Latif Jony, said the BNP also demanded carrying out proper investigation into the tragic incidents and hoped that it would not be carried out targeting the opposition to harass.