News Desk: The main opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party on Saturday said that it would not join any dialogue with Election Commission or any government body to discuss the next general election until the resignation of Awami League government.
‘Our party stand is very clear, we will not sit with anybody for discussing the next general election as long as Awami League is in power,’ BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir told.
He said that as per the party stand, it earlier did not participate in talks hosted by the president over the formation of a search committee for appointing a chief election commissioner and other election commissioners.
Speaking at a discussion at the National Press Club, BNP standing committee member Khandaker Mosharraf Hossain said that their party would not participate in any dialogue with the current Election Commission.
‘There is no reason for BNP to take part in any talk with the Election Commission. It matters little whether the commission holds dialogue or not,’ he said.
He also said that their party believed the current Election Commission’s dialogue had no value. ‘So, there is no question of talking to them.’
The BNP leaders came up with the remarks a day after CEC Kazi Habibul Awal said that they would soon invite BNP for a dialogue.
Reiterating their party stance, Mosharraf said that BNP would not join any election under the Awami League government.
He said that BNP did not take part in the ‘dramas’ staged by the president and a search committee when the government formed the current EC. ‘We do not recognise those, who are now there in the commission, in any way.’
‘The election that we want must be held under a non-party neutral government after the fall or resignation of Sheikh Hasina and the dissolution of parliament,’ the BNP leader said.
He hoped that when a non-partisan government would take charge of the country it would form an impartial and acceptable EC to conduct a fair and credible election. ‘Then we will talk to that Election Commission.’
Mosharraf said that Awami League resorted to various tactics in the past over the general election. ‘I want to make it clear that BNP and people will no longer fall into the trap of the ruling party.’
He called upon the country’s people to take all out preparations to wage a street movement to bring a change in the government.
The BNP leader said that the current government was not in a good mood as it had no control over anything.
He said that the government was not making public all the indicators of the economy.
Sammilito Chhatra Jubo Forum arranged the discussion programme marking the seventh death anniversary of BNP leader Nasir Uddin Ahmed Pintu.
Former BNP lawmaker Nasir Uddin Ahmed Pintu died at Rajshahi Medical College Hospital on May 3, 2015.