Install poll-time govt, end impasse: BNP

 

Two senior leaders of the main opposition BNP on Monday said the current political impasse cannot end without a non-partisan caretaker government in place.

Supporting a proposal recently from the Transparency International, Bangladesh party’s Standing Committee member Khandker Mosharraf Hossain said, “It is clear from their proposal that under a partisan government, next national elections will not be free and fair. We have also been talking of this for three years. The demand for a non-partisan caretaker government has now become a demand of the masses.

Mosharraf was speaking at a discussion on Monday.His comments came hours after another Standing Committee Member Barrister Rafikul Islam Mian addressing a human chain programme said that organisations like the TIB and the Centre for Policy Dialogue (CPD) were of the same view that people would not trust any election under a partisan government.

“No matter what you call an election-time government, interim or caretaker, it must be non-partisan. There is still time … don’t push the country towards anarchy.”

The Bangladesh chapter of the Berlin-based corruption watchdog body recently proposed formation of a caretaker government to oversee the next elections slated to be held early next year.

Mosharraf also called upon the government to amend the constitution for holding the elections under a non-partisan caretaker government.

“Continue the process of democracy by meeting the demand without dillydallying, otherwise the current political deadlock will persist,” he said.

Mosharraf, a former Health Minister, said the government would have to shoulder the responsibility if anarchy broke out in the country for not meeting the demand of a poll-time government.

Source: Bd news24

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