‘BNP to election without CG is wrong thought’

Opposition BNP on Wednesday termed unrealistic the government’s plan to bring the opposition to the next nation election under their administration citing the example of the just-held elections to four city corporations.“Now they’re coming up with sweet talks the city corporations’ polls have proved a free and fair election can be held under their administration. There’s no reason to think Bangladesh people so fool,“ BNP acting secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir told a discussion.
He further said, “You’re now thinking you’ll be able to take the opposition to the election under your arrangement with hoodwinks and sweet talks. Don’t think like that. It’s your wrong thinking.”
Reiterating his party’s strong stance about the next polls, the BNP spokesman said the opposition and the country’s people will not participate in any election until the caretaker government system is restored.
Fakhrul urged the people of all walks of life to get ready to intensify the opposition’s ongoing movement for forcing the government to reinstate the non-party caretaker government system.
Bangladesh Sammilito Peshajibi Parishad (Bangladesh United Professionals Bodies) organised the discussion at the Jatiya Press Club with noted filmmaker Chashi Nazrul Islam in the chair demanding the release of Amar Desh acting editor Mahmudur Rahman and ensuring press freedom.
Addressing the programme, the BNP leader came down heavily on Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina for her remarks that the next general election may not be held describing it as amount to treason.
“The Prime Minister had earlier made various remarks. Now her real intention has got exposed when she said no election will be held out of slip of the tongue. Uttering such a remark, I think, in a democratic country is tantamount to sedition,” he said.
The BNP leader, however, said the government has incorporated such a provision in the constitution through the 15th amendment that it will be able to stay in office after the expiry of their tenure without holding any election.
Earlier on Sunday, speaking in Parliament, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina said, “It has been proved elections were free, fair and neutral under the present government. So, there’s no need to bring in any unconstitutional government. That won’t be good for anyone. May be the elections won’t be held.”
Fakhrul alleged that Awami League had earlier tried to perpetuate its power trough the 4th amendment to the constitution, and they are now again trying to do the same through the 15th amendment.
He claimed that the results of the recently-held four city corporations demonstrated that people have no confidence in the present government.
Mentioning that Awami League fears the media, Fakhrul said the Prime Minister does not hesitate to make derogatory remarks about TV talk-show, newspapers and even civil society members as her government has become competently isolated from people.
He criticised the government for recently passing the Anti-terrorism (Amendment) Bill 2013 in parliament, saying it will be used to snatch people’s basic rights. (Source: UNB)

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