Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) is yet to take decision on its participation to the forthcoming municipal elections.
Shamsuzzaman Dudu, an advisor to the BNP Chairperson, told the Daily Observer on Tuesday evening BNP will decide within one or two days whether it will take part in the polls or not.
He said the final decision over the issue will be taken by BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia. She came to Gulshan party office after 80 days.
She is likely to exchange views with the party stalwarts on formulation of strategies over municipal polls.
Among others, BNP Vice-Chairman Dr Osman Faruque , Advisors to the party Chairperson Sabihuddin Ahmed and Major General Ruhul Alam Chowdhury, Amir Kashru Mahmud Chowdhury, Mir Mohammad Nasir Uddin, Joint Secretary General Mohammd Shajahan, Dhaka Divisional Organizing Secretary of the party Fazlul Haq Milan were present at Gulshan office during Khaleda's visit.
Dudu said BNP participated in all previous local government elections. But it is a new dimensional local government election. He claimed BNP grassroots activists are in prison, the government has arrested them. So this situation could not be in favour of holding free and fair elections.
Meanwhile, some BNP leaders told the Daily Observer, "We have not yet decided anything on the municipal polls. But we, most probably, will participate in the elections".
They said, "We are a democratic party and we contested the elections of city corporations. We have seen the government's attitude. If that attitude continues in the municipal polls, we will fight it."