Renewing her demand for non-party caretaker government to hold an acceptable and participatory election, BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia on Sunday again declared that there will be no election in the country under incumbent Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina.
“Still, there’s time. You’ve the majority in Parliament …restore the caretaker government system by amending the Constitution. There’ll be election and that will be held only under a non-party and neutral government. And a democratic government will be there in place after the polls,” she said.
The BNP chief made the remarks while addressing a meeting of a pro-BNP body at Bangabandhu International Convention Centre (BICC) in the afternoon.
Khaleda said people desperately want an election in the country and they want such an election which will be free, fair and neutral. “Such a fair election can’t be held under you (Hasina).
The leader of the opposition said how they could expect that the election will be held neutrally as the government has already imposed a ban on holding rallies and public meetings. “We won’t take part in any election under this government.”
Khaleda went on: “Of course there’ll be an election in the country and a democratic government will be there in place as we don’t want military rule.”
The former premier said as days are passing by public support is mounting in favor of a non-party neutral government for overseeing the next national election. “The more you will delay, the more you’ll get isolated from people. You (Hasina) and your party will be affected due to the delay.”
Apparently throwing a challenge to the Prime Minister, Khaleda said, “If you think you’re still popular or your party has the popularity let’s have an equal field. People will ultimately give their verdict.”
Criticizing the Prime Minister’s election campaign riding helicopters, the BNP chief said there is no sign of election but the electioneering is on by the PM through helicopter ride.
“Your boat has already developed cracks. No sailor will be there in your boat,” Khaleda quipped.
After a daylong drama, Dhaka Metropolitan Police permitted BNP-backed Sammilito Peshajibi (professional) Parishad to hold their program on some conditions.
Earlier in the morning, the conference centre authorities had cancelled the event following a police ban on holding meetings, rallies, processions and human chains. Sammilito Peshajibi Parishad had booked the centre to hold its annual convention.