BNP hints at joining JS

Moudud Ahmed

BNP standing committee member Moudud Ahmed on Friday dropped a broad hint that the opposition MPs might return to parliament as part of the strategy of their movement.

“The government has made parliament dysfunctional. We’re actively considering going back to parliament as part of our movement strategy. The issue is being discussed at the party level,” he told a discussion.

He, however, said the government must ensure a congenial atmosphere so that the opposition can return to the House.

Sangskritik Ganotrantik Jote organised the discussion on restoration of the caretaker government system at the National Press Club in the capital.

The 15th session of the 9th parliament began on Wednesday amid boycott by the opposition lawmakers.

BNP and its allies, including Bangladesh Jamaat-e-Islami and Bangladesh Jatiya Party (BJP), had returned to parliament on March 18 this year ending their nearly one-year abstention from the House.

The opposition MPs took their seats just a few days ahead of the 90-day red mark, seemingly to avoid losing their memberships. But their parliament joining was short-lived as they again walked out and stayed away since then.

Moudud said the government in a planned way is pushing the country towards a ‘civil war’ by creating crisis and anarchy in the country.

“We want to tell Awami League that you won’t be benefited by doing this. The Awami League will be badly affected and vanished politically if another 1/11 is created.”

Voicing his party’s strong determination to carry out a strong street movement until the non-party caretaker government system is restored, the BNP leader said they will oust the present regime through the movement if it does not reinstate the system.

“We’ll force the government to meet our demand within three months with strong action programmes. The programmes will gradually be harsher.”

BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia will come up with fresh programmes at the 18-party’s November 28 grand rally in the capital, he added.

Source: The Daily Star

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