Expressing concern over the ongoing political crisis in Bangladesh, US Secretary of State John Kerry has urged Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and Opposition Leader Khaleda Zia to engage in a constructive dialogue.
Kerry made the call in separate letters to the Prime Minister and the Opposition Leader on Sunday, BNP vice chairman Shamsher Mobin Chowdhury told yesterday.
Mobin said the US Secretary of State in his letter mentioned, “Reaching a compromise is very urgent to hold an acceptable election with the participation of all through a constructive dialogue without buying more time.”
Earlier on August 23, amid the deepening political crisis in the country over the nature of polls-time administration, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon phoned Sheikh Hasina and her arch rival Khaleda Zia and urged them to sit in talks for coming to a consensus for holding free and fair polls.
The 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.
BNP has been on a movement since the government scrapped the non-party caretaker government system through the 15th amendment to the constitution demanding its restoration.
As per the current constriction, the next general election must be held within October 28 to January 24 under the incumbent regime and the ruling party is firm on its stance to hold the election as per the charter.
Opposition leader Khaleda Zia on Sunday issued a fresh threat to enforce a non-stop hartal and rail-road blockade if the government does not concede to the 18-party’s demand for arranging the next general election under a non-party caretaker government.
Addressing a public rally in Narsingdi, she also said if the government wants to sit for talks over the restoration of caretaker government, they will definitely respond to it.