BNP leader Moudud Ahmed has warned the government of ‘stern action’ if it ignores the seven-point demand and the election schedule is announced. With the 11th parliamentary elections looming, the new political alliance Jatiya Oikya Front has placed the demands that include Khaleda Zia’a release and conducting the next election under a non-partisan government dissolving the parliament.
The Standing Committee member sounded the warning to the government at a discussion in Dhaka on Friday as it has not responded to calls from the BNP and its allies.
“There will be severe protests in the country if the government does not meet our demand and goes on to declare the election schedule; those protests will enable us to arrange the election under a neutral government,” said the BNP leader.
The Election Commission plans to announce the election schedule by the beginning of November.
“It is impossible to end an autocratic rule without a national alliance. This alliance will be able to frustrate the conspiracy of the present government,” said Moudud.
The government has intentionally filed cases against the top leaders as well as against those leaders at the grassroots, said Moudud.
“They have adopted this new game plan to arrest the opposition leaders and activists as they have realised the Awami League will face a debacle if there is a free and fair election.”
He asked the government not to repeat the mistake of conducting an election similar to that of Jan 5, 2014.
The meeting was organised by the Jatiyatabadi Forum at the National Press Club.
Akhtaruzzaman Bachchu, convener of the organisation, presided over the meeting. BNP Vice-Chairman AZM Zahid Hossain, member of the advisory committee to the chairperson Habibur Rahman Habib, Organisational Secretary Syed Emran Saleh Prince, executive committee members Rafique Shikder, Abu Naser Muhammed Rahmatullah, organisational secretary of Swecchasebak Dal Yasin Ali, vice-president of Dhaka Metropolitan South wing of the BNP Mir Hossain Miru and Chhatra Dal Vice-President Asaduzzaman Asad spoke as well.