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PM's poll-time govt plan to deepen crisis: BNP

PM's poll-time govt plan to deepen crisis: BNP

Though the party is 'upset' about the Prime Minister's statement on the next general election, BNP on Saturday said it is still confident that a meaningful solution to the crisis over the polls can be found though talks in a congenial atmosphere, reports UNB. "People have got frustrated, surprised, and worried with the Prime Minister's address to the nation. There is no clear outline in her speech to resolve the existing national crisis. What she has talked about the next parliamentary polls is very ambiguous and confusing," said party secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir. Speaking at a press conference at the party chairperson's Gulshan office, the BNP leader also said the Prime Minister should take an initiative for holding dialogue with all the stakeholders if she has any new idea on the election-time government. "Our party thinks it'll be possible to get a meaningful solution to the problem over 2018 election through talks in a cordial atmosphere. We also want to believe that the uncertainty (over polls) prevailing in people's mind will be possible to remove if the dialogue is held in a congenial atmosphere." BNP arranged the press meet to give its formal reaction to the Prime Minister's address to the nation. In her address to the nation on Friday, the Prime Minister said the next general election will be held as per the Constitution, and expressed her high optimism that all the parties registered with the Election Commission will take part in the polls for upholding the country's democratic process. "In line with the constitution, the 11th parliamentary elections will be held towards the end of 2018. How the election will be held is clearly stated in our constitution. An election-time government will be formed under the constitution which will provide all-out cooperation to the Election Commission to conduct the election," the PM said. Opposing the PM's remarks, Fakhrul said her statements will only deepen the current crisis over the election as there is clear provision in the constitution about the election-time government. "The next election won't be free and fair if it's held under a partisan government keeping parliament functional as per the current constitution. Because the election time-government will be similar to the existing one if parliament remains in place," he observed. The BNP leader urged the Prime Minister to shun her 'stubbornness', and take steps for an acceptable election under a neutral government through discussion with the opposition parties for the sake of peace, people's welfare and stability. "It's the only way to take Bangladesh forward. Let's play a responsible role." He said their party will come up with its proposal on the election-time government at the appropriate time. Fakhrul said there is no similarity between the reality and the statics the Prime Minister presented about the country's development in her address to the nation. BNP standing committee members Gayeshwar Chandra Roy, Dr Abdul Moyeen Khan, Nazrul Islam Khan and Amir Khasru Mahmud were present. Meanwhile, BNP senior leader Moudud Ahmed on Saturday said Prime Minister's remark about the election-time government is misleading as there is no provision in the current constitution to form such an administration. "The Prime Minister in her address to the nation said an election-time government will be formed. But there's no provision in the current Constitution for making such a government. She only tried to confuse people with such a comment," he said. Speaking at a discussion, the BNP leader further said, "The Prime Minister mainly tried to send out a message that the election will he held under the current partisan government." Democratic Movement, a pro-BNP platform, arranged the programme at the Jatiya Press Club, demanding the withdrawal of 'false' cases filed against BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia and senior vice chairman Tarique Rahman. In her address to the nation on Friday, the Prime Minister said the next general election will be held as per the Constitution, and expressed her high optimism that all the parties registered with the Election Commission will take part in the polls for upholding the country's democratic process. "In line with the constitution, the 11th parliamentary elections will be held towards the end of 2018. How the election will be held is clearly stated in our constitution. An election-time government will be formed under the constitution which will provide all-out cooperation to the Election Commission to conduct the election," the PM said. Moudud, a BNP standing committee member, said the entire nation had an expectation that the Prime Minister would come up with clear directions to hold the next polls in a credible, neutral and expectable manner. "But she didn't do it. The Prime Minister also did not mention anything about the dissolution of parliament before polls and deployment of army during the election." He said the Prime Minister could not depict the real scenario of the country in her speech as it was lopsided one. "Her address to the nation could not appease people as she did not talk about genuine problems of the country." The BNP leader said the Prime Minister highlighted various development activities carried out by her government, but she did not talk about widespread corruption in all the development projects.

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