Govt must amend constitution for credible polls: BNP

Staff Correspondent | Published at 01:23am on December 08, 2017

Bangladesh Nationalist Party leaders on Thursday said that the ruling Awami League must amend the constitution and hold dialogue for holding the next parliament election in a fair, neutral and credible manner under a poll-time neutral government.
They made the remark in reaction to prime minister Sheikh Hasina’s rejection of dialogue with BNP.
Responding to press queries at a press conference at Ganabhban on Thursday, Hasina ruled out possibilities of any early election and any talks with BNP for bringing all political parties in the next general election, saying that political parties in a multiparty democracy had the responsibility to participate in the polls.
The Awami League president said that BNP must participate in the polls for its interest giving an undertaking.
BNP standing committee member Moudud Ahmed told New Age that whatever the prime minister stated in her news conference had no relevance to the realities on the ground.
He said, ‘The dynamics of politics will create a situation when the government will have to come to a dialogue with the opposition to resolve the crisis.’
BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir is expected to address a press conference today over Hasina’s remarks, according the party office.
BNP vice-chairman Shamsuzzman Dudu said that the crisis centring the election was created by the incumbent prime minister by amending the constitution as per her wish.
He said that as the prime minster amended the constitution for her own interest, she must amend the constitution again for holding a fair and acceptable
election under a non-partisan stand.
He criticised the prime minister for saying that BNP would participate the polls giving undertaking. He said that BNP was never afraid of election and the party always had come to power through election.
BNP never went to power through conspiracy or destructive politics, he added.