Desk Report: Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has urged the MPs-elect of BNP to join the Parliament for the sake of democracy and to utilise the scope for their return to constructive politics.
"BNP should join Parliament for the sake of democracy accepting its defeat in the election," she said.
The Prime Minister said this in her introductory speech at a joint meeting of Awami League Advisory Council and Central Working Committee at the party’s Bangabandhu Avenue central office on Saturday.
The meeting was held with Awami League President and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina in the chair.
She also asked the BNP high-ups to take the right decision to practise democracy considering the status of the party, including lack of proper leadership, anti-independence destructive politics, organisational weakness and nomination trading.
"They (BNP-led Oikyafront) have to accept the defeat in the election as they were incapable to pick their leader, lost the support of people for their politics of killing. BNP lost the election for running the party by an absconding fugitive," she said.
Sheikh Hasina said the most remarkable side of this election was the enthusiasm of voters, especially the youth, new voters and women, in casting their votes.
She mentioned that the election was very much peaceful although BNP-Jamaat alliance snatched ballot papers and boxes in some places and hatched conspiracies to foil the election.
"But they failed and BNP suffered defeat in the election…this is their failure… they have to blame themselves for this," she said.
Sheikh Hasina said although BNP suffered the defeat for lack of leadership, the scenario might have been better had they not indulged in nomination trade.
risingbd/Dhaka/January 12, 2019/AKA