Cabinet Secretary invitation is not proper political process: Menon

Workers Party President Rashed Khan Menon on Friday said he was not invited through proper political process, a day after he declined the offer to join the Cabinet.

He came up with the comment at a "Meet the Reporters' programme at Dhaka Reporters Unity.

"The way the invitation to join the Cabinet was made was not part of the political process," Menon said.

"The invitation came through the (Cabinet Secretary). I don't know if the invitation is sent in such a way in any civilised country," added Menon, a member of Awami League-led Grand Alliance.

He blamed centralised administrative system for this.

Five MPs of the Awami League and Menon and President of Jatiya Samajtantrik Dal Hasanul Haq Inu were invited by the government on Wednesday night to take oath. Menon and Awami League frontbencher MP Tofail Ahmed refused to become minister the same day.

Menon, however, thinks his decision would not have any impact on his party's relations with the Awami League.

Asked whether he refused to become minister to avoid being liable to the government's failure, Menon said, "I said it earlier we will not take responsibility for any wrong steps taken by the government. It does not mean we won't have to take the blame if the government fails. We have to take it even if we don't want to."

"It would be better if the government was run democratically from the very beginning. Then we won't have any reason to deny the responsibility," he added.

"The ruling party is not acting sensitively. We could not make most of the public mandate. As a result, the Grand Alliance has become ineffective."

His party had said on Thursday the Awami League's reluctance to strengthen the ruling alliance was the cause of Menon refusing the job.