Senior Awami League leaders have come down hard on the six conditions placed by BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia for contesting the next general polls, saying the propositions are unconstitutional.
The ruling party leaders asserted that Awami League would not give in to such demands and make sure the 11th parliamentary polls is held as per the constitution.
They also pointed out that the Election Commission is independent and strong enough to hold a participatory and fair election.
Khaleda placed the six conditions at the meeting of the party’s national executive committee at Hotel Le Meridian on Saturday morning. Formation of a neutral, polls-time government, dissolving the parliament before the election and deployment of army during the voting were among the demands.
Awami League presidium member Lt Col (retd) Muhammad Faruk Khan told the Dhaka Tribune that he was surprised to hear about Khaleda’s conditions.
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“BNP was formed in a time when there was no constitution in the country and the party has been maneuvering unconstitutional activities since its formation, he said.
“The next election would be arranged as per the constitution, and Awami League and Sheikh Hasina’s government will do everything to ensure that.”
Awami League Joint General Secretary Dipu Moni said: “BNP and Khaleda do not believe in constitution and always carry out activities that are against the spirit of the constitution.”
Awami Joint General Secretary Abdur Rahman, Organizing Secretary Khalid Mahmud Chowdhury and Relief and Social Welfare Secretary Sujit Roy Nandi echoed Faruk and Dipu, and added that BNP’s conditions are ‘valueless and unconstitutional.’