BNP has expressed their frustration over the Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s comment on the 11th parliamentary elections, alleging that it showed the Awami League government’s manifest to establish one-party rule instead of an all inclusive polls.
While talking to reporters after attending a programme at Supreme Court Bar Association (SCBA) auditorium, BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir said the nation is disappointed with PM’s press conference comments as she turned down people’s main demand of holding the next polls under a non-party administration.
“The Prime Minister is making way for establishing a one-party rule. She also has no plan to take steps for creating a level-playing field and equal scope for all the parties to ensure a participatory election,” he said.
The BNP leader alleged that the government has again started arresting BNP leaders and activists across the country to hold a lopsided election.
Fakhrul said people had an expectation that the Prime Minister at her Sunday’s Press conference would come up with some positive comments on creating a democratic atmosphere for holding a credible election.
The BNP leader said the constitution is a manmade document, and it can be amended anytime in people’s interest. “You have repeatedly amended the constitution to protect your own interests.”
On Sunday, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina at a press conference said she will neither take any step for bringing BNP to the election nor bar it from joining, adding that there will be no discussions with BNP.
She also turned down BNP’s demand of holding the next polls under a non-party administration, saying Bangladesh will follow the system practised in India and Britain.
The press conference was arranged to brief the media about the outcomes of her just-concluded visit to Nepal for attending the 4th Bimstec summit.
Sought his comment on the Prime Minister’s refusal to hold any dialogue with BNP, Fakhrul said she did the same in 2012-13, but finally forced to invite Khaleda Zia for talks.