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No special move for BNP's election participation: PM

Rules out possibility of early election
Independent Online Desk
No special move for BNP's election participation: PM
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Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Thursday ruled out possibilities of any special initiative on her part to ensure BNP's polls participation unlike the past saying the 2018 polls would be held as parliamentary democracy is practiced in other countries. 

"I'm not going to pour butter in an improper saucepan, but the election will not wait for the absentees (either)," she told at a press 
conference at her Gonobhaban residence.

Sheikh Hasina added a particular political party would have to decide if it would contest the polls but "I don't think that BNP will repeat the 
mistake it did in 2014".

The premier made the comments responding to repeated queries by newsmen on the issue when she also reminded all the "utter misconduct and humiliation" she faced from the BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia ahead of the 2014 elections as she tried to reach her out.

The premier called press conference to explain the background and outcome of just concluded Cambodia visit but issues related to elections, Rohingya crisis, corruption charges against the BNP chief and her family virtually dominated the presser.

Sheikh Hasina, however, highlighted the achievements of her three-day Cambodia visit and future plan of the government to strengthen ties with Phnom Penh in different fields in a written statement at the beginning of the press conference. 

Replying to a question the prime minister also ruled out possibilities of early elections saying that "the country is not in any crisis for which it should go for snap poll".

“Election can be held any time in a democratic system. But no such appalling situation has been created in the country for which we need to hold early election,” she said.

Replying to a question whether the government will take any step to bring BNP in the election, Sheikh Hasina  said it is BNP’s own decision whether it will participate in the polls or not.

“Taking part in the election is the duty of a political party in any democratic system.

Those who don’t believe in democratic system will not join the polls… we have nothing to do,” she said while replying to a question of another journalist over the same issue. 

Source: BSS, UNB.

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