BNP acting secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir on Friday alleged that Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina was not sincere about her proposal for a dialogue with the opposition to resolve the prevailing political impasse.
“Though the prime minister has been talking about a political dialogue with the opposition but she is not sincere at all about the talks. She has been misleading people by making different statements,” he said while briefing reporters at the party’s headquarters at Naya Paltan in the city.
The BNP leader accused the government of planning to take the country to the path of confrontation and anarchy by calling a counter rally on October 25 when the BNP-led 18-party opposition alliance plans to hold an anti-government rally in the city to materialise its demand for restoration of the caretaker government system to oversee the next general election.
The main opposition BNP has already sought permission to hold the rally but they are yet to receive any decision of authorities in this regard.
Fakhrul Islam expressed his firm determination to hold the planned rally on October 25 saying that the government would not be able to foil the rally by using police and RAB.
On placing a bill in Parliament, he said if they place a bill it would be rejected by voice vote since the BNP has only 30 seats in the House and the treasury bench has the brute majority.
The BNP leader however said that the opposition is ready to take part in the discussion if the ruling party places a bill in Parliament and invite the opposition to take part.
“But they do not want to do it, They (ruling party) want to hold the election without the BNP sensing that they cannot win the polls if the BNP takes part in it,” he added.
Fakhrul made it clear that their dream to cling to power wouldn’t ever be fulfilled. “The people won’t accept such fabricated and staged election,” he said.
On the siege of BNP headquarters by police from the Eid day, he said whenever they announce any programme, the government siege the party headquarters and harass party leaders and activists.
“The government didn’t allow us to observe normal democratic programme during the last five years,” he alleged.
The BNP leader questioned as to how a free and fair election could be held under a party government when they don’t allow party activists to enter party headquarters and the government wants to harass the opposition activists by using police.
He said the demand for restoration of caretaker government has been turned into a people’s demand. “The demand cannot be resisted by carrying out repression on the opposition leaders and activists,” he added.
He said the BNP always tried to avoid violent programme and announced the October 25 rally in accordance with democratic rights. “But the government called rally on the same day so that an anarchic situation is created,” he said.
BNP joint secretary general Ruhul Kabir Rizvi, among others, was present at the press briefing. – Staff Reporter