Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir, Acting Secretary General of Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP), alleged on Saturday that Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina was playing a major role in spoiling the political culture of the country by badmouthing the opposition parties.
"The BNP does not need to resort to conspiracy to come to power. It was rather the Awami League which is seasoned in this respect," Fakhrul said.
Mirza Fakhrul made this comment while addressing a press conference at BNP Chairperson's Gulshan office in the capital following the allegation made by Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina that the BNP is conspiring to create anarchy inside the country.
The Prime Minister alleged on Friday during her nearly two-hour-long press briefing that the BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia secretly met some civil servants to plot a conspiracy against the government.
Fakhrul said, "Khaleda Zia came to politics through hard work and long experience in the field of politics. She did not hide abroad and did not come to power on the basis of a compromise with any special group."
"Rather, it is Awami League which has wide experience in conspiracy. When HM Ershad took power in 1982, Sheikh Hasina said she was not unhappy," he claimed.
"The Awami League endorsed the Moinuddin-Fakhruddin government to come to power. This is a historical truth," Fakhrul alleged.
Referring to Hasina's recent media briefing, Fakhrul said, "She said that the BNP has lost its foot-hold. Let us then propose an election under a nonpartisan authority to prove who has actually lost the ground underneath."
The Daily Observer found that over 50 civil servants attended the meeting which, among others, discussed a "possible general election" next March under internal and external pressure.
The party Acting Secretary General reiterated his claim that no such meeting has ever happened.
With the recent statements of the head of government diplomatic relation with the United States will certainly deteriorate, Shamsher Mobin Chowdhury, Vice Chairman of the BNP, warned.
Bilateral relationship does not depend on just economic factors, there is a lot more to it, the BNP leader said.