Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) and Gono Odhikar Parishad have reached a consensus on waging a movement to oust this government and forming a post-polls national government aimed at repairing the state.
BNP secretary general MIrza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir disclosed this after a two-hour dialogue between BNP and Gono Odhikar Parishad at the BNP’s Naya Paltan office in Dhaka on Wednesday.
The two political parties also said they would not participate in any election under this government.
Gono Odhikar Parishad convener Reza Kibria said, “Our talks were very fruitful and we have reached a consensus on many issues. After discussing the overall situations, we have understood that our thoughts and ideology are same.”
Reza Kibria further said in fact they have no plan to participate in election under this government and they also think a fair election cannot be held under the Awami League government. “Talks with many parties are on and more talks will be held too. A process is going on to begin to form a national coalition to this end and we will work together for the sake of nation and democracy,” he added.
Mirza Fakhrul Islam said, “We are satisfied over discussion with Gono Odhikar Parishad and they hold ideology similar to us on everything. In particular, we have reached a consensus that there will be no election under this government and this government will no longer be allowed to stay in power.”
“Because this government has tactfully and deliberately destroyed everything of Bangladesh, including democracy, freedom of speech and social values so, we have reached a consensus on a joint movement along with people to oust this government and we will simultaneously wage the movement,” he added.
The BNP secretary general said the goal of their simultaneous movement is to oust the government, dissolve parliament and hand over power to election-time government. After that, a new election commission will be formed to hold the election with the participation of all political parties and through which a government of people will be established and that government will really represent the people.
“After establishing that government, we will form a national government with everyone to repair the state,” Mirza Fakhrul Islam added.
Gono Odhikar Parishad member secretary Nurul Haque Nur said, “BNP secretary general spoke rightly since we do not differ with BNP that much on how we should overcome the existing crisis. We have discussed more or less 10 issues during today’s dialogue.”
In a written statement, Nurul Haque Nur said Gono Odhikar Parishad agreed in principle to work with other democratic parties to overcome the on-going crisis the country and for the democratic transformation of the state.
And, these include waging a united movement to establish democracy and rights to vote, and forming an interim government by ousting the present government for the sake of a free and fair election, Nurul added.