BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir on Thursday alleged that Awami League is talking about a 'lopsided election-time government' as it wants to hold the next polls without BNP's participation.
The BNP leader made this observation at a discussion criticizing AL leader Obaidul Quader’s statement spoken out on Wednesday about election-time government.
"He (Quader) yesterday (Wednesday) said their polls-time interim government will be formed, and the election won't remain halted if BNP boycotts it. They exactly want BNP not to join the polls," Fakhrul said.
The discussion was arranged by Bangladesh Federal Union of Journalists (BFUJ) and Dhaka Union of Journalists (DUJ) at the Jatiya Press Club, marking the 'Black Day of Newspapers'.
As a democratic party, Fakhrul said BNP wants a national election to be held. "But, that election must be held in a fair and credible manner. It won't be an election if you (AL leaders) roam here and there by helicopters after snatching opposition's rights to expression and sending its leaders and activists in jail."
He said a level-playing field must be created and an election-time neutral government must be installed considering the country's political culture.
Besides, the BNP leader said the current parliament must be dissolved and BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia will have to be released from jail to ensure a level-playing field.
On Wednesday, Awami League General Secretary Obaidul Quader said there is a possibility of forming a polls-time government in October. "It won't be a new government, but the incumbent one will take charge, and the size of the cabinet will be smaller.
About BNP's participation in the next general election, he said, "If BNP doesn't participate in it that doesn't mean it'll be a unilateral election. Other parties will participate in the polls and it will be an inclusive one."
Fakhrul asked his party colleagues to get ready to take to the streets overcoming all the obstacles, and urged other political parties and seasoned politicians to come forward to forge a national unity to save the country and overcome the current political 'crisis'.
The BNP leader questioned whether Awami League or any other element is running the country. "Awami League has got so much bankrupt politically that it's now can't use its political experience. They're only deceiving people."
He urged the government to engage in talks and take steps to hold the next general election under a non-party neutral administration.
About Gazipur city polls, Fakhrul said the Election Commission is not working neutrally to arrange a credible election there on June 26.
He alleged that the current government's rule is more dangerous than that of one-party Baksal in 1975.
The BNP secretary general, however, urged his party colleagues not to get frustrated, but to take preparation to realise their all demands through a tougher struggle.
"There's no reason to think we'll go to power if there's an election. We've no option but to go to people to realise our demands. As a politician, I think, when there's a crisis, we need to go people and learn from them," he observed.