BNP standing committee member Nazrul Islam Khan on Sunday said that his party won’t participate in any ‘farcical’ election.
"Our party won't take part in any farcical play in the name of election. BNP will go for election in which people can exercise their franchise," he affirmed.
The BNP leader came up with the remark while speaking at a discussion organised by Jatiyatabadi Shechchasebak Dal, a volunteer wing of the party, at the Institution of Engineers, Bangladesh, in the capital.
Demanding a neutral election-time government for holding a free and fair general election, he said people 'can't cast their vote fearlessly' if the incumbent government stays in power.
"That's why we want such an election-time helping government which will assist the Election Commission for holding a fair election. It’s a people's demand," the BNP policymaker said.
He also asked the party leaders and activists to strengthen their movement in favour of their demand for the election-time helping government.
Nazrul also criticised the government for not signing the Teesta treaty with India saying that transit facility has already been given to the neighbouring country, but Bangladesh is still yet to get its due share of water.
He was also critical over the prime minister’s remark about BNP connection with India saying that BNP didn't come to the power again as it did not give gas supply to India in the past.
Chaired by Shechchasebak Dal president Shafiul Bari Babu, the discussion was also addressed, among others, by BNP leaders Shawkat Mahmud and Fazlul Haque Milon.
Meanwhile, addressing a human chain formed by Bangladesh Islamic Party in front of the National Press Club, BNP vice chairman Shamsuzzaman Dudu said parliament will have to be dissolved during next general election for the sake of fair polls.
He also asked the leaders and activists of BNP-led 20-party alliance to unite people of all classes to defeat the Awami League government in next election.