Awami League joint general secretary Mahbub-ul-Alam Hanif yesterday said that his party is ready to compromise to ensure the next parliamentary polls to be fair and participatory.
“Awami League is ready to compromise to the extent needed to ensure fair polls and also participation of all political parties,” he said at a press conference at his Karwan Bazar office in the capital.
Hanif, also a special assistant to the Prime Minister, said the door is open for holding discussions. “Parliament is the best place for discussion. A session of Parliament will begin on Thursday. I hope, BNP will join the session and will place their proposal.”
He said: “We’ll wait until the session ends to see whether BNP places its proposal or framework on the polls-time government. Discussion can be held even after the session, if they place any proposal.”
About Khaleda Zia’s remark that BNP will not take part in any lopsided polls under Sheikh Hasina, the AL joint general secretary said: “They are always issuing threats. There is no logic for that kind of threat.”
“We’ll hold election as per Constitution with the participation of all political parties and hope that BNP will take part in it,” he added.
About the allegation by the BNP leaders that Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina is avoiding the UN General Assembly to evade questions over the next parliamentary polls, Hanif termed it as untrue and also frustrating.
He said: “This type of untruth and misguided comments can damage the atmosphere that has been created for holding discussion to resolve the current stalemate.
“She (Hasina) earlier decided not to join the (UN) general assembly for her busy schedules with party activities ahead of national polls. But, now the matter of her joining (UNGA) has been finalized,”
About the deployment of drone in Bangladesh border by the Border Security Force (BSF) of India, Hanif said: “Any country can take steps for keeping watch on its border areas. But it is not acceptable if such steps become a threat for neighboring country. The Foreign Ministry already wanted to know more about it from India. We are waiting for next steps.”