BNP preparing non-party govt framework

BNP front-ranking leader Moudud Ahmed on Saturday said his party is preparing a framework of a non-party neutral government, apparently in response to the ruling party’s call for an outline from the opposition in this regard.

“BNP is thinking of a framework of a non-party neutral government based on the 13th amendment to the constitution,” he said.

Moudud, also a standing committee member of BNP, disclosed his party’s plan while speaking as the chief guest at a discussion at the National Press Club.

Agamir Bangladesh, a pro-BNP body, organised the discussion titled ‘Bangladesh is in Crisis and Ways to Overcome”.

Moudud said the BNP standing committee, the party’s highest policymaking body, in a recent meeting decided to formulate a draft outline of the non-party interim government.

Once finalised, BNP will make the framework public and urge the government to implement it, he said.

Moudud, however, warned that his party will launch a tougher movement after Eid to press for restoration of the caretaker government (CG) system and continue it until the demand is met.

Rejecting the prime minister’s polls-time small cabinet formula, the former Law Minister said Hasina herself had refused similar proposals of then Commonwealth secretary general Sir Niniyan Stephen in 1994.

“Sheikh Hasina with her proposal is trying to give the foreigners an impression that her government is sincere to resolve the current political crisis,” he said.

Moudud stressed that the ongoing anti-government movement has to be strengthened with the increased participation of the common people to break the political deadlock.

He said the mistrust among the political parties has widened over three and a half years of Awami League, pushing the country into a deep crisis.

Accusing the government of politicising the administration, he said the opposition does not want the next election to be held under the arrangement of the ruling party. “Nothing happened in recent years for which BNP can trust Awami League.”

At the discussion, Dr Abdul Latif Masum of Jahangirnagar University presented the keynote paper.

BNP vice-president Dr Osman Faruk and Dhaka University teacher Tahmina Akhter, among others, addressed the discussion presided over by Chittagong University teacher Md Shah Alam.

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