Prime Minister and Awami League chief Sheikh Hasina has said her party also wants the next national election to be free and fair.
“And to that end, we will find a way through discussions. We want the people to exercise their basic and constitutional rights. Everybody will choose their own representatives,” she said.
The prime minister’s remarks came on Saturday during the meeting of the ruling party’s Central Working Committee and Advisory Council at Gonobhaban in Dhaka.
Hasina said she had tried her best to bring the BNP to the table for participating in the 2014 parliament polls. “I had called myself. But I do not want to talk about the insults I had received as response. Still, we tried.
“I had said that a polls-time all-party government will be formed, you (Khaleda Zia) will get any ministry you want. But they (BNP) did not participate in the election. Instead, they burned people to death. The election happened because people stopped them, and we came to power.”
Saying her administration’s development works across the country will continue, the prime minister added: “Bangladesh now holds a respectable position in the world. We have established the people’s right to vote.”
“The people will exercise their voting right independently, impartially and in an undaunted manner. Once that is established, then everyone will maintain transparency and accountability.”
Regarding the joint meeting of the Awami League’s Central Working Committee and Advisory Council, Hasina said she will discuss with everyone concerned about the proposals related to the next election they will put before the Election Commission.
“Everyone has been called upon to find out how the base of democracy can be strengthened. We will also discuss how the election can be held in a fair manner,” she added.