Bangladesh Nationalist Party secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir on Monday said that the people would not accept if the government wanted to ‘score goals with empty post’ in the next general election keeping the party chairperson Khaleda Zia out of the contest.
Fakhrul made the remarks after prime minister Sheikh Hasina, at a news conference at her official residence Ganabhaban on Monday afternoon, said that the election would not wait for anyone.
In an instant reaction to journalists at Khaleda’s Gulshan office in the evening, Fakhrul said that the election would not be acceptable to anyone in the country without Khaleda’s participation.
‘This is the reality,’ he said adding that ‘those who want to hold the election denying this reality want to avoid its political opponent so that they can score goals with empty post for establishing an one-party rule’.
He said, ‘They have got Khaleda convicted in a false case keeping the gun on the shoulder of court to perpetuate power as part of their (Awami League’s) blueprint’.
Fakhrul criticised the prime minister for her remarks on BNP dropping a provision in the party constitution regarding conviction, asking why BNP’s constitution was a matter for their headache and fear.
Replying to a question, he said that as per party constitution, senior vice-chairman Tarique Rahman would perform the responsibility of acting chairman in absence of the chairperson.
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