Her announcement of
holding the next general election under the present Awami League-led government
has deepened the political crisis, said acting Secretary General Mirza Fakhrul
Islam Alamgir on Sunday.
In an immediate reaction, he told reporters,
“Everyone had hoped today that the Prime Minister will show the way-out of the
current crisis and give positive directions. But unfortunately, there is nothing
like that in her statement.”
“Her remarks over the next polls have only
intensified the political crisis. This is clouding Bangladesh’s
At a press conference earlier at the Ganabhaban, the Prime
Minister said, “The Constitution will not be amended before the election. (We)
amended the Constitution with people’s mandate. The election will be in line
with the Constitution. I will not move an inch.”
But Mirza Fakhrul hoped
the government will ‘come to its senses’.
“The government should take
initiatives to resolve the crisis by sitting with all political parties and hold
the elections under a nonpartisan government.”
elections are set to be held under the incumbent government in accordance with
the amended provisions of the Constitution.
BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia
has been leading long campaign for restoration of the caretaker government while
repeatedly stating that her party will not take part in any election under a
The 15th amendment to the Constitution that
scrapped the caretaker provision came from a court of law but the BNP claims it
is a ‘process’ by which the ruling party wants to retain power.
said, “The government is trying to lead the country towards uncertainty and
conflict in a planned way. They are speaking about holding a one-sided
The BNP spokesperson protested the Prime Minister’s claim that
his party was not accepting the court’s verdict. “I would like to tell the Prime
Minister that there were two parts of the verdict where it said two more
elections can be held under the caretaker government.”
government has covered that up and is pushing the country towards a dark
He reiterated the party’s stance on not taking part in the polls
with a political government in power and criticised Hasina over her claims of
development works in the country.
She gave a list of development, but the
people realised that they were not benefitted by those, he said.
the former State Minister for Agriculture congratulated Bangladeshi scientists
over their success in decoding the genome sequence of the traditional variety of
The Prime Minister had made the announcement at the start of the