The ruling Bangladesh Awami League (AL) has rejected outright Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) chairperson Khaleda Ziaâ€™s call for holding the next general elections under a non-partisan neutral government.
â€œThe polls will be held under the election commission, not under a partisan government. Like other democratic countries, the incumbent government will only assist the commission to hold the elections in a free, fair and credible manner,â€ said AL general secretary Obaidul Quader on 12 November.
Quader, also the road transport and bridges minister, came up with the remarks while replying to a volley of questions from newsmen about Khaledaâ€™s call, at AL president Sheikh Hasinaâ€™s Dhanmondi political office in the capital in the evening, immediately after Khaleda had made the call.
Addressing a huge public gathering at the capitalâ€™s Suhrawardy Udyan, BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia said no fair election will be held under prime minister and AL president Sheikh Hasina.
About Khaledaâ€™s demand for army deployment with magistracy power in general elections, the AL general secretary said, â€œIt totally depends on the election commission — whether or not to deploy the army with magistracy power in the next polls.â€
â€œI think BNP wants an engineered election like that of 2001, but the nation doesnâ€™t want to see such elections in the country anymore,â€ he said.