BNP ‘cannot but demonstrate’ for polls under neutral govt

Prothom Alo English Online | Update:

Moudud AhmedBangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) does not see any alternative to organising a mass upsurge to compel the government to hold the next general elections under a non-party neutral administration.

"This government doesn't believe in a peaceful negotiation with the opposition. That's why we don't have any other option but to wage a movement to force the government to hold the next polls under a neutral administration," senior leader Moudud Ahmed said on Friday.

Speaking at a discussion, he further said, "We'll have to take preparation both for the movement and the election together. I believe our demand will be met through a mass upsurge."

Zia Sangskritik Sangstha (ZISAS) arranged the programme at the Jatiya Press Club marking the 82nd birth anniversary of BNP founder Ziaur Rahman.

Moudud, a BNP standing committee member, said the government is mainly working to annihilate the BNP and suppress its leaders and activists. "They're also giving Rab and police training as to how to repress their opponents."

He said their party wants to restore democracy, people's voting and other rights and the rule of law. "We must wage a movement under the leadership of Khaleda Zia to restore people's rights and impendence of the judiciary," he said.

The BNP leader alleged that the government is unwilling to hold a fair and credible election in fear of facing a debacle.

He regretted that the ministers are apparently in a competition to lie as they are doing negative and immoral politics.

Moudud also warned that the ministers and the ruling party leaders will have to pay a heavy price someday for spreading lies among the new generation.

UNB also reports: Describing Awami League as the beneficiary of the 1/11 political changeover, BNP senior leader Abdullah Al Noman on Friday alleged that the party is now trying to restore one-party rule by establishing its unilateral control on politics.

"The country now lacks democracy. Awami League which is the beneficiary of the 1/11 has already snatched people's all the basic rights. The party is making efforts to establish its unilateral supremacy on politics to restore one-party Baksal rule. But our party wants a democratic government and the good governance," he said.

Speaking at a human chain programme, the BNP leader further said, "We're ready to engage in talks for the restoration of democracy. We'll also wage a movement, if necessary, as we won't make any compromise on the issue of reinstatement of democracy."

Jatiya Ganotantrik Mancha arranged the programme demanding the withdrawal of all the 'false' cases filed against BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia and senior vice chairman Tarique Rahman.

Noman, a BNP vice chairman, warned that people will foil the government's all plots to burry democracy by casting their ballots in favour of BNP in the next general election. "Awami League will be thrown into the dustbin of history if people can exercise their voting rights in the next polls as ballot is stronger than bullet."

He also said the government will neither be able to eliminate BNP nor suppress people with its repressive acts.

The BNP leader urged the government to come to the path of understanding shunning repressive acts to hold a fair and meaningful election under a non-party neutral administration.

He also urged the people of all walks of life to get united to restore democracy by establishing a pro-people government through the 11th parliamentary polls.

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