Bangladesh Nationalist Party secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir on Thursday claimed that as per the country’s ‘political culture’ there must be a ‘poll-time neutral government’ and there was no alternative to it.
Fakhrul came up with this claim following the ruling Awami League general secretary Obaidul Quader’s remark made on Wednesday that poll-time interim government would be a small-sized cabinet of the incumbent government to be led by prime minister Sheikh Hasina.
Fakhrul was addressing a discussion at the National Press Club in Dhaka jointly organised by two factions of the Bangladesh Federal Union of Journalists and the Dhaka Union of Journalists marking June 16 as the black day for newspapers.
The BNP secretary general further said parliament would have to be dissolved and the party’s jailed chairperson Khaleda Zia must be released as a precondition for joining the next general election.
He criticised the AL general secretary’s comment that it would be no problem if BNP did not take part in the next general election as other parties would certainly join.
Fakhrul said they (AL) in fact wished an election without BNP.
He said forging national unity is very necessary for overcoming the ‘present crisis’, saying the national unity could be forged on some points.
He, however, did not mention the points.
Obaidul Quader, also road transport and bridges minister, on Wednesday said that the election-time government might be formed in October downsizing the incumbent cabinet.
Fakhrul also came down hard on the Election Commission as it failed to ensure safe and fair electioneering in Gazipur city.
Presided over by BFUJ president Ruhul Amin Gazi, the discussion was also addressed by daily Amar Desh acting editor Mahmudur Rahman, BFUJ secretary general M Abdullah, former BFUJ president Shaukat Mahmud, DUJ president Kader Gani Chowdhury and general secretary Shahidul Islam.
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