Published: Thursday, July 25, 2013

Govt suffering from public phobia: Khaleda

Khaleda Zia. Star file photo

BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia on Thursday said the government is suffering from public phobia as it could not do anything good for people in its last four-and-a-half-year rule.

“The government is not willing to hold the next polls under a non-party neutral government. As a dog bite causes rabies, this government is also suffering from public phobia,” she said in her brief address to an iftar party.

Bikalpa Dhara Bangladesh (BDB) arranged the party in honour of the country’s politicians and distinguished citizens at Bashundhara Convention Centre in the city.

Khaleda alleged that the government is conspiring to arrange the next general election under its own arrangement aiming to cling to power.

Categorically mentioning that Awami League will not be allowed to hold the election staying in office, she said, “We won’t allow holding the polls under a partisan government. The next election must be held under a non-party government.”

She again urged the government to reinstate the caretaker government system in the constitution to create a level-playing field during the polls. “All the political parties will participate in the election if it’s held under a neutral government.”

Claiming that arranging the election under a non-party caretaker government is now a demand of the mass people, the BNP chief said the party which will win the polls under a neutral government will govern the country. “All will have to accept it.”

Noted jurist Barrister Rafiqul Haque, Krishak Sramik Janata League President Abdul Kader Siddiqui and BNP Vice-Chairman Sadeque Hossain Khoka, among others, joined the Iftar party.