Opposition leader Khaleda Zia urged the government Monday to bring a bill to restore the provision of caretaker government in the next parliament session to oversee the 10th general election.
“You have majority in the parliament. I know that you can pass the bill easily,” the BNP chairperson said while addressing a rally at Suhrawardy Udyan in the capital.
Strongly criticising the government for what she said “killings and incidents of disappearance”, she said people of the country no more believe that the Awami League-led government would hold a free and fair election.
“Create a level-playing field and let’s see who gets more votes. What are you afraid of? Why don’t you want to restore the caretaker government?” she asked.
The Leader of the Opposition also blasted Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina for her remarks Sunday that she would not budge on her position of not reinstating the CG provision.
“You said you won’t budge even an inch! You will not be able to control the situation if people wage a movement, your existence will be in jeopardy.”
While addressing a press conference on Sunday, Hasina reiterated that the next general election would be held as per the constitutional provisions.
“Everything will take place according to the constitution. I will not budge an inch on this,” the PM said rejecting the opposition’s demand for CG restoration.
Saying no political parties other than the AL-led 14-party alliance will participate in the election under a political government, Khaleda said: “The government won’t be allowed to hold the one-party election.”
Addressing the 33rd founding anniversary of Shwechchhasebak Dal, voluntary wing of the BNP, she said, “You try to frighten us every now and then. You try to scare us of minus two formula and landing in jail. We don’t scare of these as we did not do corruption.”
“You have to suffer as your people have looted public property,” she continued to say.
The former prime minister said the AL included many things in its election manifesto, but it has failed to deliver on its commitment. “That’s why people have lost their trust in the Awami League.”
She said no elections were neutral during more than four year tenure of the present government, accusing the AL of using muscles, their cadres and even the administration to influence the polls.
“You have been rotted so badly that your cadres and administration cannot salvage you,” said the referring to the defeat of the ruling party-backed candidates in most of the elections.
She alleged that the AL-led government did not do any development work but showed the developments done by the past BNP-led government as its own.
Khaleda stated that all roads in the capital city of Dhaka and elsewhere in the country are not usable.
Claiming that all large bridges and culverts have been constructed by the BNP government, she said: “You have no contribution in the construction of the Jamuna bridge.”
Khaleda also blasted the government for what she said failing to carry on the Padma bridge project. “You had only opportunity to build the Padma bridge, but ultimately you lost that scope by taking commissions over awarding contract of the work.”