EC roadmap to not end crisis: Fakhrul

Staff Correspondent | Update:

Mirza Fakhrul Islam AlamgirBangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir on Sunday said the roadmap announced by the election commission for the 11th parliamentary polls would "not solve the current political crisis”.

He rather underscored the need for holding a national dialogue on the next general elections before drawing out any roadmap for it.

“The BNP cannot find even any road [to the election] as yet. And the question of map for it comes later,” Fakhrul said of the EC's roadmap as his party emphasised the demand for poll-time supportive govenment for holding free and fair elections.

The BNP leader came up with his instant reaction to the roadmap the EC announced earlier in the day, while talking to newsmen.

The BNP will give its formal reaction later, Mirza Fakhrul said.

“The primary crisis of the day is how the next elections will be held. What will be the role of the government and of the election commission? A supportive government should be in place during the polls to make it free, fair and neutral,” he said.

"The earnest need of the present time is to hold talks on the formation of the supportive government," the BNP leader insisted.

When his attention was drawn to the CEC’s claim that the commission is confident of holding a free, and fair election, the BNP spokesperson said it has to look into whether a congenial atmosphere for polls prevails at all in the country.

“The BNP does not get approval for even holding a rally. BNP senior leaders were forced to stand on the streets to see off the BNP chairperson yesterday [Saturday] during her departure for London,” he alleged.

Asked if the BNP will take part in the talks to be organised by the election commission, Fakhrul said the BNP wants to follow all democratic practices whatever there are.

“It will depend on the will of the election commission and the government if they really want to allow the BNP to do so,” he quipped.

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