The government is creating a ‘smokescreen’ to sidestep the BNP’s demand for an interim election, the party claims.
It has warned the ruling party that such tactics will not work.
BNP Joint Secretary General Ruhul Kabir Rizvi on Tuesday said the people’s movement was going on despite ‘tortures, murders and betrayals’.
“A mass uprising against this illegal government is imminent,” he told reporters at a media call in Dhaka.
None of the government’s conspiracy would do it any good, he warned.
“This illegal government must step down to ensure a free, fair and credible election participated by all and supervised by a neutral body,” Rizvi said.
The BNP and its allies boycotted the last general election demanding a non-partisan supervision.
They have since been demanding a dialogue for a fresh election at the earliest but Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has rejected it.
On Monday, Hasina told reporters that the BNP leaders were “incoherent” in what they said.
She said her bitter political rival BNP chief Khaleda Zia would not accept invitations for talks but would continue to demand it.
“It seems she (Khaleda) is under mental stress all the time. Nothing she says makes sense,” the Awami League chief added.
Referring to the prime minister’s comments, Rizvi said, “We have been repeatedly asking for [that we want] a fair election through a dialogue.
“What the prime minister said is unacceptable. We’d like to state that she cannot sidestep the people’s demand by creating a smokescreen with obscene or distasteful words,” he said.
Source: Bd news24