Opposition BNP on Monday threatened to go for a strong movement after Eid if the government does not take any initiative for a dialogue to resolve the dispute over the next general election by the time.
“We’re still hopeful the government will engage in a dialogue with the opposition over the next general election. Or else, we’ll go for a strong movement after Eid-ul-Fitr to realise our demand for restoration of the caretaker government system,” said BNP acting secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir.
The BNP spokesman was talking to reporters at Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport before flying to London early in the morning.
A six-member BNP delegation, led by Fakhrul, left here around 6pm for London to attend a seminar on democracy good governance and human rights in Bangladesh to be arranged by the House of Lords on Wednesday.
An Awami League delegation is also scheduled to attend the seminar as both the ruling and opposition parties have been invited to join it.
The other members of the BNP delegation are BNP vice chairman Shamsher Mobin Chowdhury, chair person’s adviser Amir Khasru Mahmud Chowdhury, Abdul Mannan, human rights affairs secretary Barrister Nasiruddin Asim and Supreme Court lawyer Barrister Naushad Jamir.
Fakhrul said it is the main responsibility of the government to continue the democratic process in the country. “We’ve repeatedly been saying we want to see the transfer of power in a peaceful manner through a fair election.”
About his party’s position on dialogue, the BNP leader said BNP wants the government to take initiative for a dialogue with them over the next polls. “We don’t have any alternative to waging a movement if the government doesn’t arrange the talks.”
Replying to a question, Fakhrul said he has no schedule for any formal meeting with BNP senior vice chairman Tarique Rahman. “I’ll have talks with him over phone to know about his physical condition.”
The BNP acting secretary general is scheduled to return home on July 19.
Source: UNB connect