As pressure to engage in dialogue and resolve the deepening political crisis mounts on the two major political parties, BNP standing committee member Khandaker Mosharraf Hossain on Saturday said there is currently no climate for holding talks with the government.
“There is no atmosphere to hold discussions with the government. To create it, the detained opposition leaders must be freed and the cases filed against them withdrawn. We want to clearly state that discussions would take place if such an atmosphere prevails,” he said.
He made these comments while addressing a human-chain programme in front of the National Press Club, organised by BNP Keraniganj thana unit to demand the release of all BNP leaders, including its standing committee member Goyeshwar Chandra Roy.
Regarding Transparency International Bangladesh’s (TIB) proposal for an election-time government, Mosharraf said the very existence of a TIB proposal makes it clear that neutral and fair elections are impossible under a partisan government.
But he was optimistic and said the proposal could be effective if the government applies it conscientiously and with consent from the opposition. “That’s why everything has to be done through discussions.”
Mosharraf said BNP would make its decision on the proposal after seeing how the government reacts to it.
“Awami League wants to return to power by holding elections under a party-government. We want to clearly state that no election will be allowed to be held without a non-party government.” He said.
On Friday, TIB, the corruption watchdog organisation, proposed the forming of a committee that takes an equal number of members from both the ruling and opposition alliances, to select a "polls-time" government.