Govt to be forced to hold participatory polls: BNP


Dhaka, December 7: BNP Secretary General Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir on Thursday said their party will not go to polls by giving an undertaking; rather the government will be forced to hold the next general election with the participation of all parties, reports UNB.

“It’s a right of a political party to decide whether it’ll go to polls or not. Under the country’s current context, there’s no reason for BNP to go to the polls giving an undertaking,” he said.

He further said, “Those who are now in power will be forced to take steps for ensuring the participation of all parties in the next polls as it’s the sentiment of the country’s people.”

Fakhrul came up with the comments while talking to reporters at the BNP chairperson’s Gulshan office giving their party’s reaction to Prime Minister’s remarks on BNP’s participation in the election.

Earlier in the day, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina at a press conference said Khaleda Zia will take part in the next general election giving an undertaking. “The mistake they made last time will not repeat again. It seems they will participate in the election giving an undertaking,” Hasina said pointing finger at Khaleda Zia.

Protesting the comment, Fakhrul said the country’s political crisis will not be resolved with the arrogance and unguarded remarks by the Prime Minister. “It won’t help take the country forward and give democracy an institutional shape.”

He said their party wants a peaceful solution to the political problem as they want to avoid violence.

The BNP leader said the Prime Minister must take step for an inclusive election as per people’s hopes and aspirations.