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PM's speech to push country towards deep crisis: BNP

Fakhrul equates AL rule to Ayub regime and predicts same fate

Published : Sunday, 14 January, 2018 at 12:00 AM Count : 61

BNP Secretary General Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir on Saturday said the nation is disappointed and concerned at the Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina's speech, as it gave no indication of resolving the political crisis or reaching an understanding to hold a free and fair election.
He also alleged that the Prime Minister's speech would push the country towards a deep crisis.
Fakhrul said while speaking at a press briefing at BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia's Gulshan political office in the capital. The briefing was called to respond to the Prime Minister's speech formally.
"There is no clear provision in the Constitution about the election-time government. The election will not be free and fair if it's held under a partisan government keeping the parliament un-dissolved as per the Constitution," Fakhrul said.
The election-time government will be similar to the existing government if the present parliament continues, he added.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina in her address to the nation on Friday said the next parliamentary election would be held under an election-time government as per the Constitution.
"There is no clear provision in the constitution that the election-time government will discharge the routine work only. In fact, the 15th and 16th amendments to the Constitution are aimed at tightening Awami League's rule," Fakhrul said.
The Prime Minister should take initiative for holding dialogue with all stakeholders if she (Hasina) was sincerely thinking of an alternative to the election time-government, Fakhrul said.He said the country is passing through a political crisis but the Prime Minister did not say anything about how to hold the next general election in a free and fair manner.
"Unfortunately, in her speech there was no indication of how to overcome the present crisis," he said.
The BNP leader said, "What she (PM) said about the next parliament election in her speech is very vague, foggy and confusing."
Fakhrul said, "Pakistan's autocratic military ruler Field Marshal Ayub Khan celebrated decade of development on the occasion of the 10th anniversary of his rule. But the people did not accept the democracy less so-called development. As a result, he had to step down in the face of mass movement."
"The present government is also walking in the same path to hang on to power. It is arranging so-called development fairs. People know about its intention," he said.
He also said the Constitution and democracy always do not go hand in hand. "Had it not been so, the regimes of Hitler and Mussolini would have been called democratic as their rules were constitutional," he said.
During the tenth parliamentary elections, Sheikh Hasina formed a temporary government with the representatives of all the parties then in parliament. It is unclear if she plans to use the same process in the coming elections.
The BNP does not currently hold any seat in parliament.

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