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Thursday, 06 November 2008

London, Nov 5 ( – Sheikh Hasina has said Awami League will go to the election "if things are all right even if the BNP decides not to".

Hasina spoke to Bangla media reporters at a central London hotel on Tuesday before leaving London around 7pm BdST on Wednesday for Dhaka.

She had a transit halt at London on her way back home from the United States.

The declaration came as her arch political foe BNP chief Khaleda Zia on Wednesday asked all to avoid what she termed was an unacceptable election on the cards.

Acting AL president Zillur Rahman echoed Hasina to say the Dec. 18 general election is a must, "whether any particular party participates or not".

Zillur made the comment to a group of AL supporters at his Gulshan residence on Wednesday.

Asked if her party would participate in the polls amid emergency, she replied in the affirmative.

Hasina rejected outright suggestions of any secret power-sharing deal with the government.

"Awami League can never have such a deal with a non-elected government."

She asserted that her party "wants to help the interim government's exit, not to make them permanent."

The former prime minister said the government's anticorruption drive was "not transparent" although time demanded it.

Her party members had been victim to conspiracies and harassment, even though Awami League did not believe in corruption, she alleged.

If elected, her party would "further strengthen the Anticorruption Commission and curb the price hike," the AL chief told reporters.

Asked if they would keep off elections in case of an adverse situation, she declined to make a "comment that would give a chance to a quarter to foil the election."

About nomination of expatriate candidates, Hasina said her party had to make an unanimous decision on the issue.

Senior journalist and columnist Abdul Gaffar Chowdhury, UK AL president Shamsuddin Khan, party leader Jalal Uddin, UK Youth League Anwaruzzaman Chowdury also attended the briefing.

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