BNP senses cold relationship between Bangabhaban & govt

BNP on Wednesday doubted whether there is going a cool relationship between the Bangabhaban and the government, referring that the President and the Prime Minister gave different statements over dialogue with political parties.

“It has been said by the President that political parties should engage in dialogue. We would like to clarify and say we want an environment to be created in the country through dialogue among the political parties. It has been said by our leader (Khaleda Zia) earlier. But unfortunately the Prime Minister has turned down it,” said BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir.

This was said by him at a discussion arranged by BNP at Mohanagar Natyamancha marking the 81st birth anniversary of BNP founder Ziaur Rahman.

Fakhrul further added, “It is unknown whether the President’s relation with the government has gone sour. We don’t want to say it. Had the President sincerely advocated for dialogue he had spoken the truth as the country’s people wanted current political crisis to be resolved through talks.”

All the political parties were urged by President Abdul Hamid on Tuesday to hold talks among themselves for having a credible general election in the country.

President Abdul Hamid initiated talks with political parties on December 18 over formation of the new Election Commission (EC) as the tenure of the current Commission expires in February next. It ended on Wednesday after talks with major political parties.

Fakhrul said when they were invited by the President to a dialogue they got a little bit surprised as the Awami League had turned down their chairperson’s proposal on EC and a call for dialogue among political parties.

“We don’t know whether there’s any bad game behind the President’s initiative for talks as he did it amid Awami League’s opposition. But, we want to believe that the President took the initiative sincerely. We hope he’ll form a neutral search committee which will constitute an impartial Election Commission,” he said.
The BNP leader also warned that it will never be accepted by the country’s people if a spineless and subservient EC is formed again.

Fakhrul called upon all political parties and people from all strata to forge a national consensus to ‘restore’ democracy, the rule of law, and people’s all snatched rights, including voting one, and install a pro-people government.

BNP standing committee members Khandaker Mosharraf Hossain, Moudud Ahmed, Mirza Abbas, Nazrul Islam Khan, vice chairmen Abdullah Al Noman, Hafizuddin Ahmed and Selima Rahman, among others, spoke at the program.