BNP senior leader Amir Khasru Mahmud Chow-dhury yesterday warned that the consequences will be very dire if the current government wants to cling to power by force instead of reaching an understanding with political parties over the next polls.
Speaking at a discussion, he also called upon the government to come to the path of 'democracy' and hold the next polls under a non-party neutral government.
Muktijuddher Chetona Bastobayon Parishad orga-nized the program at Dhaka Reporters' Unity (DRU), marking the 'National Revolution and Solidarity Day'.
Khasru, a BNP standing committee member, also warned that it will take a long time for Awami League to stage a fresh comeback to the political landscape if the party is ousted through a movement. "You have such a bad experience. You'd remained out of politics and power for a long time for committing the same mistake earlier in the past (1975)."
The BNP leader also demanded the Election Commission amend the RPO to define the armed forces as the law enforcement agencies and engage them in the next polls for ensuring a fair balloting.
Meanwhile, BNP senior leader Nazrul Islam Khan yesterday trashed Awami League general secretary Obaidul Quader's allegation that Khaleda Zia expressed her rage against the Prime Minister at Suhrawardy Udyan rally and said her demand for a neutral election cannot be spite towards anybody.
Speaking at a discussion, he accused the government of expressing its rant against BNP by stopping mass transport and creating obstacles to their rally.
"Khaleda Zia in our rally didn't bring any personal allegation against Sheikh Hasina. She said Bangladesh's people won't join any election under the current government or Sheikh Hasina. It's a political statement where there is no spite towards anybody," the BNP leader said.
Jatiyatabadi Projonmo 71 arranged the program at the Jatiya Press Club, marking the 'National Revolution and Solidarity Day'. Giving their party's reaction to Khaleda's speech at Suhrawardy Udyan rally on Sunday evening, Quader alleged that Khaleda Zia's remarks were nothing but an expression of spite towards Sheikh Hasina.
Nazrul said their party wants a free, fair and credible election to be held in a peaceful manner in the country through discussions and understanding among political parties.
The BNP leader urged the ruling party to accept Khaleda's challenge to hold the next polls under a neutral government if the party thinks it has popularity and it carried out huge development over the last nine years.
He said Awami League wants to hold the national election under a partisan government as the party knows it has no possibility to win credible and neutral polls.
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