Bangladesh Nationalist Party secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir on Friday said his party was ready to start a formal discussion with the ruling Awami League for finding a solution to end the ongoing mistrust and impasse over the next general election.
The secretary general said this in a news conference in the party’s central office in Dhaka in response to a question on BNP’s
position following the remark of Awami League general secretary Obaidul Quader, who on Thursday said they were interested to have talks with BNP.
Fakhrul said BNP was all set to enter a discussion with the ruling party to ensure a free and fair election.
He renewed his call for such a discussion from the programme by saying, ‘Let’s sit and discuss!’
He, however, said the Awami League general secretary had an advantage that he could say ‘anything’ when he ‘wishes.’
Responding to another question, Fakhrul said BNP would even respond to any phone call from Awami League for a formal discussion.
Fakhrul, being asked about whether the party’s mayor candidate in Sylhet would secure win without support from the party’s key ally Jamaat-e-Islami, said BNP did not depend on anybody to win any election.
Fakhrul reminded that BNP alone had participated in general election in 1991 and formed government.
Jamaat’s mayor candidate Ehsanul Mahmud Jubair is contesting Sylhet city election scheduled for July 30.
Fakhrul said Jamaat candidate’s participation in the mayoral race would not damaged the relation between two parties.
The secretary general at the news conference, basically arranged on the upcoming three city election scheduled for July 30, alleged that the local government polls were turned into ‘fun’ for failure of the Election Commission.
Fakhrul urged the Election Commission to immediately take all measures including release of its leaders and activists to create an election atmosphere in Sylhet, Rajshahi and Barisal cities for holding fair and neutral polls.
Otherwise, he asked the commission to resign.
He said the commission was bestowed with authority to hold elections in free, fair and neutral manner by exercising its constitutional power but the incumbent Election Commission did not maintained that.
Referring to his recent phone call to the Election Commission, he said the commission replied that they were trying.
Fakhrul said the commission was not constituted for trying but for making the electoral system free and neutral.
The incumbent commission had failed, he added.
BNP leaders including Ruhul Kabir Rizvi, Syed Emran Saleh Prince, Shahiduddin Chowdhury Annie, Sanaullah Mia, Masud Ahmed Talukdar, Abdus Salam Azad and Kazi Abul Bashar were present.
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