BNP on Sunday claimed that the Prime Minister’s rejection of the party’s call for a national dialogue has surprised the country’s people.
Addressing a press briefing, BNP spokesman Asaduzzaman Ripon also said the call for a dialogue is not their party’s weakness. “The government must sit in talks and forge a national unity to save the country.”
“Our party has called for a dialogue out of its responsibility to people in the interest of a national unity as it does positive politics. But, the country’s people in fact got surprised and frustrated as the head of the government returning from abroad reiterated her minister’s remarks slamming our dialogue proposal,” he said, UNB reports.
There is no scope for stubbornness when it comes to the country’s interest and democracy, Ripon said, adding that it will bring a disaster for democracy, if the government continues the politics of blame game instead of engaging in talks.
Earlier, at a press conference on her recent Netherlands tour, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina outright rejected the BNP Chairperson’s proposal for sitting in a national dialogue saying she does not like to sit with a killer like Khaleda Zia.
Reacting to the PM’s comment, Ripon said it is a good luck of the government as their party has proposed sitting with it which unleashed repression on their leaders and activists assuming office through a ‘voter-less’ election.
He condemned the PM’s remarks involving their party with violence and arson attacks, the BNP leader said their party had carried out a movement for holding a fair election under a neutral administration in a democratic manner. “Our party had no link to any incident of violence and arson attacks.”
Claiming that ruling party men carried arson attacks to shift the blame on their party, he renewed BNP’s call for an investigation into the incidents under the United Nations.
Referring to PM’s remark that her government is under a tremendous international pressure to admit that there is the presence of Islamic State in the country, Ripon said it has made the entire nation worried as its consequence can be dire.
“That’s why we want to face together all the threats against our country. We call upon the government to forge a unity to make the country and democracy safe and rebuild our democratic institutions,” he said.