15th Amendment black chapter in Bangladesh history: Khaleda

15th Amendment black chapter in Bangladesh history: Khaleda

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The Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) chairperson, Khaleda Zia, on Sunday termed the 15th amendment to the constitution a ‘black chapter’ in the country’s democratic history.
“The 15th amendment is a black chapter and the ones who introduced the amendment are the enemy of the people, the state and democracy,” she said in a message marking the the day of passage of the 4th amendment to the constitution.On 25 January in 1975, the then Parliament passed the 4th amendment banning all political parties including the Awami League, except Bangladesh Krishak Sramik Awami League (BKSAL).
The BNP calls the day ‘democracy killing day’. “The then AL government established one-party BKSAL rule, destroying multiparty democratic system, on 25 January 1975, in a bid to cling on to the state power for ever,” the BNP chief said.
A former prime minister, Khaleda alleged that with the introduction of the one-party BKSAL rule, the then rulers snatched away all of the basic rights of the country’s people.
In her message, Khaleda was critical of the 15th amendment to the constitution passed in 2011 by Awami League-led government which scrapped a non-party election-time caretaker government system, sparking a huge tension and divisiveness in politics. – News Desk

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