Dhaka – Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) has cast doubt over the prospect of a proposed dialogue between the ruling Awami League and opposition Jatiya Okiya Front alliance keeping the BNP chief in jail.
“No dialogue and election will be fruitful keeping the BNP chairperson in prison,” Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir, secretary general of the opposition party said on Wednesday, a day ahead of the proposed talks for credible holding of the election.
He was addressing a human chain programme organized in Dhaka to protest Khaleda Zia’s enhanced jail term by a High Court bench to 10 years from five years handed down by a trial court in a corruption case.
The leaders of the Jatiya Okiya Front, in which BNP is one of the major components, will hold a meeting with Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina at her official Ganabhaban residence on Thursday.
The BNP leader said the government on one hand has offered dialogue and enhanced Khaleda Zia’s punishment on the other.
“These are two conflicting moves, which don’t demonstrate the government’s sincerity for the talks,” added Fakhrul calling the government to come to the path of democracy.
He urged the government to create an atmosphere conducive for democracy and accept all seven-point demands, including release of Khaleda Zia, placed by the opposition alliance.
Khaleda Zia must be freed to ensure a free and fair election.