BNP acting secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir on Saturday pushed for an amicable negotiation over the polls-time government to avoid any violence.
“Still, we hope the government will take an initiative for reaching an understanding over holding the next election under a non-party government. Or else, violence is inevitable. We think good senses will prevail upon the government,” he said.
Fakhrul was talking to reporters after a meeting with the party’s joint secretaries general and organizing secretaries at BNP’s Nayapaltan central office.
The meeting elaborately discussed the country’s latest political situation, opposition’s movement strategies for forcing the government to restore the caretaker government system and the party’s organisational activities.
Fakhrul apprehended that a constitutional crisis is likely to be created in the country if the government fails to reach a compromise with the opposition before October 25.
“On one hand, the Prime Minister has said the parliament would be dissolved after October 25 and the constitution experts on the other have said parliament will remain functional following the 15th amendment to the constitution. A constitutional crisis will be created if this situation prevails,” he added.
When his attention was drawn to Awami League general secretary Syed Ashraful Islam’s remark that dialogue or negation is not possible with the opposition, the BNP spokesman said, “Asharf has always been saying that everything can be resolved through talks. What he said yesterday (Friday) seems unusual as he makes such comment sometimes under pressure.”
“We still hope Mr Ashraf will take initiatives for dialogue as what he said earlier,” Fakhrul added.
Sharply reacting to the birthday celebrations by the opposition leader and her party men on the National Mourning Day, Syed Ashraf on Friday said, “There’ll be no discussion with those who make merry cutting cakes on the martyrdom day of Bangabandhu…is it possible to hold dialogue with them?”
Fakhrul alleged that the government unnecessarily pushed the country towards a dark tunnel and created an uncertainty over the election through the 15th amendment to the constitution.
He urged the government to try to understand the pulse of people. “The election won’t be free, fair and neutral under a partisan government. So, we urge you to arrange the polls under a non-party administration. Otherwise, we must go for movement.”
Fakhrul also termed the incumbent Election Commission a government subservient institution and said it cannot hold a credible and fair election.
Asked about the oppositions next course of action to realize their demand, the BNP leader said they will disclose this after the meetings of party policymakers and 18-party alliance leaders scheduled to be held Saturday and Sunday nights respectively.