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BNP rules out talks with EC

  • Staff Correspondent
  • 29 March, 2023 12:00 AM
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Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) has decided not to join any talks with the Election Commission (EC) about holding of the next general election.

The BNP standing committee at a virtual meeting took the decision on Tuesday afternoon with the party acting chairman Tarique Rahman in the chair. In the meeting, the party’s highest policymaking body think that the meeting with EC will not be benefited for the party, the sources said.

Talking to the Daily Sun, a leader of the BNP wishing not to be named said the EC suddenly has sent the letter for talks in a bid to void foreign pressure. In this situation, the policymakers think that without resolving the issue of election-time government, joining talks with the commission is ‘meaningless’.

The party will not give any letter to the EC as reply of its letter.The party also will brief about their stance over the letter of the commission, at a press conference soon.

BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir, standing committee members- Khandaker Mosharraf Hossain, Jamiruddin Sircar, Mirza Abbas, Gayeshwar Chandra Roy, Abdul Moyeen Khan, Nazrul Islam Khan, Amir Khashru Mahmud Chowdhury, Salahuddin Ahmed, Selima Rahman and Iqbal Hassan Mahmud Tuku joined the virtual meeting.

On March 23, the Election Commission sent a letter to the party inviting to sit in talks over the next parliamentary election.

Meanwhile, Chief Election Commissioner Kazi Habibul Awal on Tuesday said the commission invited BNP for informal meeting, not for any formal dialogue.