Update May 2, 2018

Dhaka 8-20 pm, 09-August, 2020

People are to decide who will form next govt: PM

Mirajul Moin Joy

2 May 2018, Nirapad News: Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina today said the people are to decide who would form the next government in Bangladesh while it was the matter of one particular party that whether it would contest the elections.

“The issue of election is democracy . . . it is the own decision of a party if it will take part or not,” she told a crowded press conference at Ganabhaban here this afternoon in an apparent reference to BNP.

She added: “I cannot interfere in any party’s (internal) decision (and) I cannot say anyone I will take you to the jail, if you skip the polls . . . so it fully depends on them.”

The prime minister’s comments came while responding to a question that whether the government would take any initiative to bring the BNP in the coming election while the briefing was convened to inform the newsmen about the outcome of her just concluded tri-nation visit.

The prime minister however, recalled that BNP did not contest the 2014 elections and tried to resist the polls through destructive means and “killed over 3000 people including 27 policemen, torched 582 schools and 70 offices and chopped trees and cut down roads”.

Sheikh Hasina, also the Awami League chief, on the other hand, said the reelection of her party to power was, however, dependent on people’s will but said, “if the people think the development spree should continue and they won’t like to see the destruction similar to 2001, they will surely vote in favour of Awami League this time as well”.

About the BNP’s demand for release of imprisoned BNP chief Khaleda Zia, the premier said it was not she who sent Khaleda Zia to jail.

“The court gave its verdict. So it will yield no result if they make the demand to me (for Khaleda’s release) . . . she landed in jail in the course of law and they (BNP) have to pursue the legal procedure to get her freed from the prison,” she said.

She, however, referred to the failure of the high-profile lawyers belonging to BNP in proving Khaleda’s innocence in regard to the charges of embezzlement of Zia Orphanage Trust money.

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