BNP senior leader Nazrul Islam Khan on Monday said their party will be there in the frontline of a movement to be launched under ‘Greater Unity’ platform to force the government to hold a credible national election.
“We’re saying from BNP’s side we’re not only willing to forge a greater unity, but also want to remain in the frontline of the movement to be launched by the unity. We’ll take part in all the action programmes on the streets,” he said.
The BNP leader came up with the comment while speaking at a discussion arranged by Sammilita Chhatra Forum at the Jatiya Press Club, demanding the release of Khaleda Zia and other detained BNP leaders.
Nazrul, a BNP standing committee member, said their chairperson Khaleda Zia called for forging a greater unity in 2016 to realise various demands, including the resignation of the government, holding the polls under a non-party administration, dissolution of parliament and deployment of army.
“We now see left political parties Jukta Front and Dr Kamal Hossain’s Oikya Prokriya are also making the same demands. Since our demands are identical, we can certainly carry out a struggle together.”
The BNP leader said all the political parties, except the ruling party and its some allies, social organisations, Sujan, TIB and Ain o Salish Kendra are of the same opinion that it is not possible to hold the national election in a fair and credible manner under a partisan government.
“The administration, police and court can’t protect the government since people have taken their position against it,” he warned.
Nazrul urged the people of all walks of life to get united and take to the steers to foil the government’s any plot to hold a ‘farcical’ election like the January-5, 2014 one.
He said their party wants to join the next polls as it believes change of power through polls. “But we’re not interested in taking part in any farce or game in the name of an election.”