All but AL-led combine want polls-time neutral govt: BNP

Dhaka,  Wed,  20 September 2017
Published : 11 Jul 2017, 00:36:37
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All but AL-led combine want polls-time neutral govt: BNP

BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir said on Monday all the parties, except the ruling Awami League-led alliance, want an election-time neutral government system as fair polls are not possible under a partisan prime minister in Bangladesh's context, reports UNB

He made the comments while inaugurating Dhaka city north unit BNP's member collection campaign-2017 at the Nayapaltan Bhasani Auditorium in the city.

"Ruling party leaders are loudly saying the election will be held under the Prime Minister. We've long been opposing it as a fair election is not possible under a partisan government. Your (AL's) stance was also against the election under a partisan prime minister in the past," he said.

The BNP leader further said, "We call upon you (govt) to think about people and take steps for talks and negotiations shunning your arrogance. All the political parties have already started saying that the election-time government will have to be a neutral one as there is no alternative to it for a credible election."

He alleged the government is trying to keep democracy and politics at bay through depoliticisation to perpetuate its power. "They (AL) have the dual character as they talk about democracy, but act against it. They don't believe in argument, logic and debate as they believe in muscle power."

The BNP leader said though their founder Ziaur Rahman had given AL the scope for doing politics by restoring multiparty democracy, its leaders now often make derogatory comments against him.

He alleged the country has now been under the misrule of an individual. "False case is their main weapon."We all must put up a strong resistance to get rid of it. Don't get panicked and work together to establish a pro-people government dislodging the current one," he told his party colleagues.

Fakhrul warned the government that there will be no point of intimidating BNP leaders and activists with false cases as they will continue their struggle until democracy and people's all the rights, including that to voting, is restored.

He alleged that the country's economy is not in a good shape now due to widespread corruption and plundering by Awami League leaders and activists.

Referring to media reports on declining growth in the RMG sector, the BNP secretary general said it is happening because of the governments' 'misrule', and failures.

Taking a swipe at MPs for criticising the apex court verdict that upheld the High Court judgment declaring the 16th Amendment illegal, BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir.reminded the ruling party leaders that it is their party which had scrapped parliament's power to remove judges to give it to Bangabandhu through the 4th constitutional amendment.

"They (AL MPs) have launched a tirade in parliament against the apex court after it annulled the 16th amendment. They now talk about parliament's supremacy. Can't you remember it is your party which had empowered President (in 1975) to sack judges cutting parliament's such power?" he. Said.
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