BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir on Saturday said the party will place its formula on polls-time government in ‘appropriate’ time for holding the upcoming general elections in a free and fair manner.
“We shall place the formula on polls-time supportive government before the nation in appropriate time,” he said while addressing the inaugural function of a day-long free-medical camp organised by the Doctors’ Association of Bangladesh (DAB) at BNP’s Nayapaltan central office in the capital.
While justifying their demand for polls-time government, the BNP leader said: “We want a polls-time neutral government, not the government of Awami League or Sheikh Hasina (Prime Minister). We have experienced that elections can not be held in a free and fair manner under them.”
Claiming that cases have been filed against the BNP leaders and activists, including its chairperson Khaleda Zia, only to ‘harass’ them, he said that election won’t be held in a free and fair manner if such situation prevails in the country. “Usurping power by muscle power will have to be resisted.”
Mirza Fakhrul said they want a level-playing field and polls-time neutral government as wells as an appropriate atmosphere so that BNP can participate in the 11th parliamentary election.
Replying to a question, he said the government does not want to sit in discussion with opposition parties in fear of defeat in election if it is held under an election-time neutral government.
“They (government) know that if an election is held in a free and fair manner under a neutral government and all the people of the country will be able to caste their vote and ultimately they will be defeated,” the BNP secretary general asserted.
Meanwhile, speaking at a discussion at the National Press Club, BNP standing committee member Amir Khasru Mahmud Chowdhury said the ruling Awami League has apparently been defeated in Dhaka North City Corporation (DNCC) polls and it will also be defeated in the upcoming 11th Jatiya Sangsad elections.
He alleged that the Awami League government has ‘foiled’ the DNCC polls in fear of massive defeat. “Without snatching people’s voting rights, they (government) have no alternative to win the DNCC polls.”
Khasru alleged that the ruling party had undertaken an election project to ‘occupy’ power by keeping people of the country out of election. “As part of their project, they are keeping BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia busy in multifarious cases.”