BNP standing committee member Moudud Ahmed on Monday claimed that UN Secretary General Ban KI-moon apparently told the Prime Minister for arranging the next polls under a non-partisan administration.
“A public opinion has not only created in the country in favour of holding the election under a non-party government but also allover the world. UN secretary general Ban Ki-moon’s telephone to the Prime Minister and the opposition leader is a glaring example of it,” he said.
Addressing a discussion, Moudud also said, “The UN secretary general has said about a general election with the participation of all parties in it. In fact, he has advocated for holding the polls under a non-party administration.”
The programme, titled ‘The role of expatriates in political, economic and social development’ was arranged at the Jatiya Press Club, marking the Noakhali Web‘s 9th anniversary.
Earlier on Friday, Ban Ki-moon phoned Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and Opposition Leader Khaleda Zia and discussed various issues, including the next general election that has cast a shadow on the country’s next polls.
UN Secretary General told both the leaders that the global community wants to see a free and fair election in Bangladesh with the participation of all parties. Ban Ki-moon also said the UN is closely monitoring the political situation and development in Bangladesh.
Moudud said there is no alternative to holding dialogue to overcome the ongoing political crisis and avoid the possible confrontational situation.
The BNP policymaker said his party will sit in talks anywhere -- maybe parliament or outside of it -- after the government agrees to hold the polls under a non-party government. “The government wants violence but we don’t want to resort to violence. We want to have a solution through a compromise. The government must come up with the offer for negotiations.”
Moudud hoped that the government will soften its rigid position in October on holding the election under its own arrangement. “The ice will start melting in October. The government is as week as its talks hard.”
The former law minister categorically said his party-led 18-party alliance in no way will participate in any polls under Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina.
Citing media reports about the possibility of formation of a national government under the leadership of the President or the Speaker, he said “They two are also partisan persons. BNP won’t go to polls under any partisan person.”
Moudud, also a BNP MP, said they will not place any bill in parliament on restoration of the caretaker government system. “The government has annulled the system and now it’ll have to reinstate it with its own initiative.”