No concrete message in PM's address for fair polls: BNP

No concrete message in PM’s address for fair polls: BNP


Dhaka, 12 Jan – BNP leaders on Friday termed Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s address to the nation traditional one and said there is no concrete directive in her speech to hold a free, fair and acceptable election under a neutral administration.In their immediate reactions to the premier address, the leaders said that there is move in her speech to hold the next general elections in ‘Baksal style’ keeping the political parties out of the election process.
They believe that the people would reject such an effort to hold the election bypassing their hopes and expectations.
The BNP leaders said these immediately after the premier gave the address to the nation last evening.
Standing committee member Lt Gen (Retd) Mahbubur Rahman said the government has to realize that all the political parties want holding an acceptable election.
“I do not want say anything about the previous elections. But the next general elections must be held under a neutral government. All want the elections are held in an impartial manner,” he said.
The former army chief said there should be a congenial atmosphere to take part in the next polls and government should determine through holding talks with the political parties as to how a free, fair and acceptable election could be held.
Another standing committee member Amir Khosru Mahmud Chowdhury said the government wants to hold the next polls keeping the BNP outside it but it would not be possible.
He alleged that the AL government once again wants to establish “one-party Baksal” by holding the elections keeping the people from the electoral process.
“They (AL) want to retain to power by holding the elections under the present government in pretext of the constitution. The people will reject them,” he said.
BNP vice chairman Shamsuzzaman Dudu said if the government wants to hold the election keeping the BNP in homes and courts it would be a mockery.
He said the BNP wants to take part in the next polls if what he said the premier does not create any obstacle for them.
The BNP leader accused the premier to create anarchy in the country to retain to power. – Staff Reporter


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