Addressing a discussion staged by Bangabandhu Sannkskirik Jote (BSJ), Mahmud said BNP chief Khaleda Zia went to jail on graft charges while its acting chief Tarique Rahman now lived abroad to evade justice, a situation which exposed the party to a crisis.
“(But) BNP itself will have to resolve its internal crises,” he told the function organized to mark the 107th birth anniversary of Bangalee revolutionary nationalist Pritilata Waddedar at Sagar-Runi Auditorium of Dhaka Reporters’ Unity.
Joining the same function Islam said despite the internal problem BNP was likely to take part in elections “which we (Awami League) also want, though they are trying to impose some conditions for their participation”.
“Eventually they are likely to take part in polls . . . but I assume, they would make the water murky before swallowing it,” the minister said.
BSJ Advisor Chittaranjan Das presided over the programme also addressed by Justice Shamsuddin Chowdhury Manik, BSJ founding General Secretary Sarah Begum Kabari and AL leader Advocate Bolram Poddar, among others.
Islam said, the country currently was not faced with any crisis which could warrant a dialogue as being sought by BNP.
He said Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina recently indicated that a polls time government could be formed during the elections without contradicting the constitution.
“But BNP does not have any scope to be part of that government as it does not have any representative in parliament,” the minister said.