July 7, 2023
DHAKA – BNP Secretary General Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir today said their party will not engage in any dialogue with Awami League until the party quits power and announces to hold the next polls under a caretaker government.
“We don’t want to participate in talks in any format until the government announces that the next election will be held under a neutral or caretaker government, whatever you call it. The government must announce this first and then quit power,” he said.
Otherwise, the BNP leader said there’s no question of any dialogue with the Awami League.
Fakhrul made the remarks while talking to reporters after a meeting with the liaison committee of the 12-party alliance at the BNP Chairperson’s Gulshan office.
Yesterday, Prime Minister’s Private Industry and Investment Adviser Salman F Rahman said there would be no dialogue with BNP on the caretaker government system which has been abolished by the court.
Fakhrul said all the people of the country would be happy if Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina resigns for the sake of a credible national election under a non-partisan neutral government, showing her love for the country.
“We’ll welcome Awami League if it comes to power again through an election under a non-party neutral government,” the BNP leader said.
Fakhrul said the next election will be very important for the nation as it will determine whether the country’s existence and independence remain intact or not.
He said political parties in the past took decisions considering the consensus of the people and organised elections going beyond the constitution.
The BNP leader said they have been carrying out a simultaneous movement peacefully with 36 opposition parties to restore democracy and all democratic rights.