Hailing Awami League for inviting them to join its national council, BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir on Thursday said they will decide at their party forum weather they would join it or not, reports UNB.
“We thank Awami League for inviting us to attend its council. We’ll finalise it latter whether we’ll join it or not,” he told reporters at a press briefing at BNP’s Naya Paltan central office.
Earlier in the morning, a five-member AL delegation, led by its deputy office secretary Mrinal Kanti Das, went to BNP’s central office, and handed over cards to Fakhrul inviting him and BNP chief Khaleda Zia to join their council to be held on 22-23 October.
Mentioning that no one from AL had joined BNP’s 19 March national council, Fakhrul said, “We could have been happy had they (AL) joined our council at our invitation. Though regretful, it’s a fact they didn’t take part in our council.”
He also alleged that the ruling party tried to obstruct their council instead of extending its cooperation.
The BNP leader said they have already welcomed AL’s council and wished its all-out success as they do positive politics. “We hope they’ll take an initiative from this council for the restoration of democracy which has been annihilated by them,” he observed.
As his attention was drawn to Awami League general secretary Syed Ashraful Islam’s comment that the current election system will remain unchanged during the next parliament election, Fakhrul said the ruling party leaders are making such statements as they still could not realise the main reason behind the current political crisis.
He also said there will be no representatives of people and their hopes and aspirations will not be reflected if the election system is not changed.
Source: Prothom Alo