BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia this evening said the government has no moral and constitutional basis to remain in power as people have rejected the “one-sided and stage-managed” election.
“Through the voter-less and mocked election, it has been proved beyond any doubt that how strong the hate and distrust the people have ofor this government,” she said in a press statement.
“But the shameless government has still been saying that the people have cast their votes spontaneously and it has received people’s mandate to run the country.”
She added no one has jurisdiction to run the country without people’s mandate.
Khaleda, also chief of the BNP-led 18-party alliance, which did not participate in the just concluded parliamentary polls, thanked the country’s democracy-loving and conscious people for boycotting the polls.
Terming the January 5 election mockery, she said it has been proved that a free, fair and inclusive election is impossible in Bangladesh without a non-party administration and acceptable election commission.
“I therefor call upon the government to cancel the farcical election results and reach a consensus for holding a free, fair and participatory election,” she added.
“I also want to add that the ongoing crisis will not be resolved by keeping me virtually confined to my house and carrying out oppression on the opposition men,” the former prime minister said adding the evil attempt to prolong the tenure of the “illegal” power through criminal means will not save you ultimately.
“Rather it will deepen the crisis and might get beyond resolution.”