Ruling out the possibility of holding midterm election now, Awami League leaders say actually it depends on the intensity of anti-government movement being waged by the BNP.
They said the midterm poll might be held if the BNP was able to mobilise people through the movement or pressurise the government into holding the midterm polls by their foreign friends.
Just before and after the January 5 poll, the party considered the possibility of holding the midterm election. Party leaders were worried over the recognition of the government by foreign countries after the poll as it was “one-sided.” Even party chief Sheikh Hasina said schedule of fresh election would be finalised through discussion with all stakeholders after the poll.
But within six months of the new government, the scenario totally changed. Many countries have congratulated Hasina on her assuming office.
Now the premier has also changed her position. She ruled out possibility of holding any dialogue with the BNP on election.
Party leaders claim that the BNP has no political strength to wage a movement. There is no burning issue to carry on with the movement, they said.
Presidium member Nuh-ul-Alam Lenin told the Dhaka Tribune: “The BNP has to wait five years for polls. The countrymen are not eager for any election as they are happy with the government.”
Faruq Khan, international affairs secretary, said there was no pressure from foreign countries to hold fresh polls. “It is an internal matter. Why they will put pressure on us,” he added.
After the January 5 election, he said, some foreign countries were calling for holding fresh election, but now they had changed their position on it.