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    BNP will not participate in next general elections under party government, Khaleda tells JS Frontier
    Frontier on Saturday, June 29, 2013
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    BNP Chairperson and Leader of the Opposition in Parliament Begum Khaleda Zia today categorically said her party would not participate in the coming parliamentary polls without a nonparty caretaker government and urged the ruling party to reach a consensus on the issue through dialogue for continuation of democracy.

    The opposition chief also warned that the BNP will also not allow the present government to stage any such polls in the country under the party administration for the sake of creating a level playing field.

    "In Bangladesh perspective, no political government can give assurance of a level playing field during polls time. So, the next polls have to be held under a caretaker government," she said.

    Taking part in general discussion on the proposed national budget for the fiscal 2013-14, Begum Zia said the government itself has to resolve the poll time neutral caretaker government issue as it has absolute majority in the House for bringing necessary constitutional amendments to this effect.

    Laying emphasis on reaching a consensus to stage the next general elections under a caretaker government, the opposition chief said the government's sincerity is imperative for holding any dialogue on the issue.

    The former Prime Minister said resolving the ongoing political conflicts to accelerate the pace of development is a demand of the time. We have to work for strengthening democracy to ensure development, she added.

    Begum Zia, in her one hour and forty minutes speech, highlighted various aspects of the present political situation, suspension of GSP facilities for Bangladesh by the US government and criticized the Awami League led grand alliance government for resorting to atrocities on the opposition leaders and activists.

    Regarding GSP, Begum Zia urged the US government to review its decision on temporary suspension of GSP (Generalized System of Preferences) facilities for Bangladesh.

    "There is no reason to overlook the matter, rather we have to solve this problem through attaching utmost importance to it. So, I call upon the US authorities to review the decision," she said.

    Begum Zia also urged the European Union, Japan and other friendly countries not to follow the example of the United States regarding GSP facilities for Bangladeshi products.

    Ruling out the allegation that she had written a letter to the US authorities urging them to suspend the GSP facilities for Bangladesh garment industries, she said, "Question does not arise that I had written such a letter to the US government to cancel GSP facilities".

    The Leader of the Opposition regretted government's "intervention" in Grameen Bank (GB) affairs and expressed the apprehension that the authorities plan of tearing apart the GB into 19 pieces will destroy the bank of the poor.

    Vehemently opposing the move, Begum Zia she reiterated her party's support for bank and Prof. Dr Younus as well. "We have to protect dignity of the illustrated sons of the soil who brought honour for the country," she added.

    Khaleda Zia also demanded government's versions regarding the
    exact position of signing Teesta River Water Agreement with India, Tipaimukh Dam project and border killing issues.

    Commenting on the proposed budget, Begum Zia criticized the government for less allocation in health, education and agriculture sectors. She said implementation of the budget depends on honesty, sincerity and efficiency of the government.
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