Hasina rules out scope of dialogue on polls

Hasina rules out scope of dialogue on polls

Dhaka, Sep 2 (Just News): Prime minister Sheikh Hasina on Sunday ruled out any possibilities of holding dialogue with opposition political parties on next general election.

While addressing a press conference at Ganabhaban, Hasina, also the president of ruling Awami League, said, ‘There is no question of holding dialogue on next general issue and the political party that will participate in the election or not is the matter of decision of that particular political party.’

The next general election will be held on its scheduled time and nobody will be able to resist the election, Hasina said at the press conference on BIMSTEC conference held in Nepal on August 30 and 31.

The election will be held in the free, fair and credible manner and the voters will be able to cast their votes for their desired candidates, Sheikh Hasina said.

There are various conspiracies to resist the election but no conspiracies will be able to foil the election, as the people will resist those conspiracies, Hasina added.

Referring to the Bangladesh Nationalist Party’s demand of releasing of their party chairperson Khaleda Zia, before the election, Hasina said her government has nothing to do to in it as the court had convicted her in a corruption case.

She can be freed facing the court or can beg presidential clemency, Hasina said.

On Saturday, BNP leaders at a rally in front of its Nayapaltan central office demanded the government should release their chairperson Khaleda Zia to ensure the party's participation in the next polls.

The prime minister appreciated the floating of a new political combine, led by AQM Badruddoza Chowdhury and Kamal Hossain and said, ‘We want that all political parties will participate in the election.’

Mentioning the name of Kamal, Hasina said that she had doubt about that Kamal would take part in the election.

‘In our country there is a section of people whom people do not vote and they wait for the change of power in an unconstitutional way so that they can gain some benefits,’ she said.

Replying to a question regarding the use of Electronic Voting Machine in next polls, Hasina said that the system is modern and it is used in different countries.

About the Rohingya issue, the prime minister said Myanmar has committed horrible acts by carrying out falsehood releasing fake photos in social media over Rohingya issue.

‘They have committed a terrible work. They have tarnished their own image with this. They have destroyed their position at the international stage,’ she said.

She said the same propaganda with fake photos was also carried out by BNP-Jamaat in 2013, 2014 and 2015 in Bangladesh. ‘My question is whether they (Myanmar) learnt the tactic from our BNP-Jamaat.’

During the BIMSTEC summit in Nepal, Hasina said she had talks with the Myanmar president over Rohingya issue and the repatriation agreement signed between the two countries.

Hasina said the Myanmar president told her that they are ready to take back those who want returning to Myanmar.

The prime minister said she never wants confrontational situation with neighbouring country Myanmar.

She said Myanmar never denies anything, and says it will take back the Rohingyas. ‘But the reality is it does not act accordingly.’