The BNP-led 20-party alliance will force the Sheikh Hasina-led government to sit with it in a dialogue for holding a fresh election before the end of this administration’s tenure, a top BNP leader said today.
The alliance will gradually take its ongoing anti-government movement to “top gear” to force the government for the dialogue to hold an election under a non-party administration, BNP acting secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir said.
At a programme titled “meet the reporters” at the Dhaka Reporters Unity, the BNP spokesperson said they would not take to the streets and would not wage any movement if the government sits in dialogue and ensures people’s right to vote.
“People as well as the world community did not accept the January 5 farcical national election. That’s why we do believe that a free and fair election must be held with the participation of all political parties before 2019,” Fakhrul said.
Asked why BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia did not attend yesterday’s rally at Suhrawardy Udyan, Fakhrul said, “A person can fall ill any time. She could not attend the rally due to her sudden illness.”
The alliance held the rally to protest the National Broadcast Policy 2014. Although Khaleda, also the chief of the opposition parties combine, was supposed to address the rally as the chief guest, she did not in the end show up.
About the government’s move to bring back parliament’s authority to impeach judges, Fakhrul said the government has already made the judiciary partisan. “And now it is out to control the judiciary completely through the amendment so that no judge can go against the government’s direction.”