REF: Senior BNP leader Rafiqul Islam Miah has stressed the need for a consensus among all parties in the interest of the country’s development and a ‘participatory election’ without any further delay.
The BNP standing committee member made this observation at a discussion at the National Press Club on Sunday.
He said Finance Minister AMA Muhith in his budget speech on June 5 had stressed the need for unity of all political parties to promote development.
“We also think an election joined by all parties should be held to get rid of gross human rights violations like abductions and killings. Otherwise we will not come out of the terrible predicament,” the BNP leader said.
“There was no democracy and rule of law in 1972-75. Bangladesh turned into a bottomless basket,” he further said.
The BNP leader was speaking at the event organised by Swadhinta Forum marking the 33rd death anniversary of the party founder Ziaur Rahman.
He said Ziaur Rahman had introduced multi-party democracy during his tenure, putting an end to the era of one-party rule.
“But today the government is again moving toward a one-party rule by killing democracy,” Miah said.