Ruling Awami League and major opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) lock horns over the issue of next parliamentary polls soon after the Election Commission’s announcement of the roadmap.
Leaders of the ruling party hailed the roadmap while the BNP leaders claimed that the roadmap would not yield any positive result without resolving the current political impasse.
As per the Article 123 (3) (a) of the constitution, the next parliamentary election should be held within 90 days before the dissolution of the 10th parliament.
The 10th parliament sat on January 29 in 2014 after the January 5 general election. It means that the election should be held between October 31, 2018 and January 28, 2019.
Top leaders of AL said they will not entertain any ‘illegal’ demand of BNP, which remains outside of parliament due to its boycott of the last parliamentary polls.
The BNP has been asking the government to introduce election-supportive government instead of holding the next polls under the incumbent administration led by Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina.
“It is a political crisis and barrier to creating congenial atmosphere for a credible election. Such situation cannot be addressed through the roadmap,” Fakhrul said.
Brushing aside BNP’s allegation of political crisis, AL leaders said people do not find any crisis in the country.
AL presidium member Faruk Khan told the daily sun that they would not entertain any illogical demand of BNP.
“The next elections will be held as per the constitution. The party will not entertain any illogical demand from any quarter,” he said.
He also said that they would request the EC to go by the constitution.
AL advisory council member Tofail Ahmed said that they would not entertain any illogical demand of BNP.
“No country has such provision. As per constitution, election will be held under the incumbent government while the Election Commission will act neutrally,” he said.
Tofail, also the commerce minister, said in many countries like India, United Kingdom and the United States of America, the EC is responsible for conducting polls.
“The incumbent government will act as interim government soon after the announcement of the election schedule. That government will carry out the routine work. The government will discharge responsibilities as per the desire of the Election Commission,” he said.
AL insiders said they would not deviate from the existing electoral policy.
“BNP will have to participate in the polls accepting the incumbent prime minister as the head of the government. We will not make any concession on the matter,” said an AL leader.
“If the BNP does not want to go by the constitution, the ruling party will arrange the polls without BNP,” the AL leader added.