A day after US Secretary of State John Kerry’s call for engaging in talks, opposition BNP on Monday said they wanted an understanding with the government through a dialogue to overcome the ongoing political crisis over the next general election.
“We want to reach a compromise through talks. The dialogue can be held if the government accepts that the election will be held under a non-party administration,” said BNP acting secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir.
He was talking to reporters after placing wreaths at the grave of BNP founder Ziaur Rahman along with leaders and activists of Jatiyatabadi Mohila Dal, the women wing of the main opposition party, marking its 35th founding anniversary.
The BNP spokesman said not only the people of Bangladesh but also the leaders of all other democratic countries are worried over the next polls. “They want to see a fair and credible election with the participation of all.”
In this regard, he mentioned that the US Secretary of State sent letters to the Prime Minister and the Opposition Leader while the UN Secretary General phoned them voicing their worries over the political deadlock over the polls-time regime. “They think it’s necessary to find out an acceptable solution to the crisis through talks.”
On Sunday, expressing concern over the ongoing political deadlock in Bangladesh, US Secretary of State John Kerry called upon Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and Opposition Leader Khaleda Zia to engage in a constructive dialogue to reach a negotiation over the polls.
Fakhrul alleged that the government is trying to instigate the opposition by making unguarded remarks to destroy the atmosphere for fair polls.
“The government wants to hold the election under a partisan government defying the country’s 99 percent people’s opinion in favour arranging it under a non-party administration. The election has become uncertain due to their obstinacy,” he said.
Protesting the Prime Minister’s remarks that the opposition is trying to create chaos in the country, Fakhrul said, “It’s not true. We’re very cautiously avoiding such programs that may lead to the country towards chaos. ”
Expressing the hope that the government would take initiatives to resolve the crisis, the BNP leader said still there’s time. “We hope good sense will prevail upon them.”