Bangladesh Nationalist Party on Saturday said that the constitution had no clear provision about election-time government and urged the prime minister to hold dialogue with all opposition parties over the poll-time government.
BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir made the remarks at a news conference held to give formal reaction to prime minister Sheikh Hasina’s address to the nation on Friday marking completion of four years in the office of the incumbent government.
‘We are urging the prime minister to initiate talks with all opposition parties for holding an acceptable
election under a neutral poll-time government to be conducted by a neutral Election Commission,’ Fakhrul said.
‘Let us all play a responsible role,’ he said at the news conference held at BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia’s Gulshan office in the afternoon.
Fakhrul said the prime minister in her address on Friday said that the next parliament election would be held towards the end of 2018 according to the constitution.
He cited Hasina as saying that a poll-time government would be formed before the election as per the constitution.
Fakhrul pointed out that there was no clear provision in the constitution about election-time government.
He said if the prime minister sincerely thought over something new about poll-time government, she should take initiative for dialogue with all stakeholders.
The secretary general reiterated that if the election was held under the partisan government keeping the parliament functioning, it would not be free and fair.
The 15th and 16th amendments to the Constitution were only an arrangement to perpetuate Awami League›s rule, he observed.
BNP-led alliance and other opposition parties boycotted the January 5, 2014 election under the partisan government demanding a poll-time neutral government.
Fakhrul said BNP thought it possible to reach a way out about the upcoming election through a sincere and intimate dialogue.
There was no clear framework in the prime minister›s speech about resolving the existing national crisis, he commented.
What she (Hasina) said about the next election was ‘unclear’ and ‘misleading’, he added.
About highlighting development in her speech, the BNP leader said Pakistan military autocrat Ayub Khan had observed decade of development marking completion of his 10 years in office.
The present government of Bangladesh was walking the same path as did the autocrat Pakistani ruler to cling to power, Fakhrul said.
The picture of development prime minister projected in her speech did not reflect the reality, he said.
BNP standing committee members Goyeshwar Chandra Roy, Abdul Moyeen Khan, Nazrul Islam Khan and Amir Khosru Mahmud Chowdhury were present at the press conference.
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