BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir on Saturday urged the Awami League-led government to sit in talks with the opposition parties to discuss ways for holding the upcoming 11th parliamentary elections in a free and fair manner.
“Kindly come to a straight path, release Khaleda Zia and discuss with her and opposition leaders to find out a way for holding a free and fair election in the country. There is no alternative to it,” he urged the government.The BNP leader was speaking at a discussion organised by Jatiya Ganatantrik Party (JAGPA), an ally of 20-party alliance, at Dhaka Reporters Unity in the capital.
“We have been repeatedly telling you (government) to release Khaleda Zia and sit with the opposition leaders in talks to resolve the vexing problems for people’s welfare, peace and democratic Bangladesh. Otherwise, you’ll have to take the responsibility for the consequence,” he warned.
He said that a state crisis has been created following rift in the Election Commission (EC).
“This Election Commission is unable to work for holding a free and fair election. The EC will have to be neutral.”
He lamented for denial permission to Jatiya Oikya Front to hold a rally on October 23 ‘in fear of sabotage’. But, Islami Andolon Bangladesh got rally permission and Jatiya Party of HM Ershad held a public rally at Suhrawardy Udyan in the capital on Saturday.
Mirza Fakhrul said: “A suffocating situation prevails across the country while a number of ghost cases have been filed against the opposition leaders and activists that already crossed five thousand.”Claiming that the countrymen are ready to make any sacrifice for release of BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia, he said: “The government is unwilling to free her knowing that the people of the country will wake up after her release.”
Meanwhile, addressing a programme of human chain arranged by Mahila Dal in front of Jatiya Press Club, BNP standing committee member Moudud Ahmed said: “If voted to power, we shall scrap the Digital Security Act and the Broadcasting Policy within seven days of empowerment.”
He said that on return home, BNP senior vice chairman Tarique Rahman will surrender before court and file an appeal for bail. “Tarique will win in the appeal and we believe that he will be acquitted of all cases.”
Mentioning formation of Jatiya Oikya Front, he said: “It has been formed to bring a change in government and the incumbent government will be compelled to sit in dialogue for holding elections under a non-party, neutral administration through dissolution of parliament.