Sheikh Hasina briefs the media about the outcomes of her official visit to Brunei
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has said it is not her policy to divide any party or do anything that leads a party to a split.
“To divide a party or to do anything (harmful) to any party isn't my policy. We usually get many proposals...I'm very rigid about it,” she said while responding to a question at a press conference at her official residence Ganabhaban, in Dhaka, on Friday.
The press conference was convened to brief the media about the outcome of the prime minister’s official visit to Brunei from April 21 to 23 last, reports UNB.
Sheikh Hasina said those who formed parties under the purview of agencies know their path very well. “They sought their shelter there...it's not a matter to divide a party... why should we go for that?” she questioned.
Hasina, also the chief of the ruling party, firmly said Awami League has enough manpower and followers, and it does not need any more from other parties.
“Awami League itself is enough to ensure the welfare of the people,” she said.
The prime minister said every party has its own characteristics and they are very independent to take any decision regarding their own party as the country has a multiparty democratic system.
“BNP is a political party; whatever it does is its own political decision. Any other party cannot impose their decisions on them,” she said.
No pressure from government on elected MPs to take oath
Regarding the oath-taking move by a BNP MP defying the party decision, Hasina said there is no pressure from the government on the elected MPs to take oath.
“Why should we put pressure on them... they've already said the people of their own constituencies are mounting pressure on them... they took the oath on their own,” she said.
Hasina mentioned that the BNP MP after taking the oath said he would speak for their party in the parliament.
Responding to a question about the much-talked-about parole of Khaleda Zia, the prime minister said one has to apply first to avail parole. “So far, no one has applied,” she added.