BNP declares vision for 2030 with less power for PM

BNP declares vision for 2030 with less power for PM

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Dhaka – The Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) on Wednesday announced that they would take measures to curtail the unilateral powers of the Prime Minister to bring balance to the executive powers of the republic through constitutional amendment.“The monolithic executive authority of the prime minister has created an authoritarian dictatorship with parliamentary façade. In order to bring an end to this situation, the executive powers of the republic shall be balanced through appropriate constitutional amendment,” said party chairperson Khaleda Zia.
“Existing constitutional order vests all executive powers of the republic unilaterally in the hands of the prime minister. The system is completely inconsistent with the recognized form of the parliamentary system.”
The former premier was revealing the party’s much-talked-about “Vision 2030 at a crowded press conference at the Westin hotel in Dhaka.
She said if BNP voted to power they would repeal all black laws including the special powers act 1974 implement the universal declaration of human rights of the United Nations. “BNP shall bring an end to all forms of forms of inhuman physical and mental torture and extra judicial killings, enforced disappearance, and killings to keep people free from all forms of cruel treatment
The BNP supremo revealed the party Vision 2030 in a bid to taking Bangladesh to a higher level middle-income country during the period which ultimately turned into the party election manifesto for the next general election due in early 2019.
The ‘Vision 2030’ features 256 points under 37 sections including democracy, nation-building, good governance, defence, foreign policy, moral rearmament, service delivery, social safety network, Liberation War, terrorism, extremism and militancy, economy and development, media and freedom of expression, ICT and local government.
Khaleda said the BNP would reintroduce the referendum system in the constitution to restore the democratic rights of the people.
She said there is no transparency in the appointment process of the Judge that’s why the criteria for appointment, promotion, posting and jurisdiction of the judges of the highest to the lowest courts would only be merit rising above partisan considerations.
“The Judges of the higher judiciary shall be appointed on the basis of strict standards of knowledge, wisdom, morality, patriotism, sense of judgment and goodwill. In order to ensure competence, merit and transparent process in the appointment of judges of the higher courts in the light of the constitution, a law shall be enacted lying down the competence and standard through a Select Committee and Supreme Court Judicial Council,” she said.
The BNP chairperson also promised that fair justice and rule of law for the people shall be ensured through effective independence and neutrality of the judiciary. “The lower courts will be freed from the control of the executives and a separate secretariat under the Supreme Court will control them,”
The Vision 2030 has been prepared in the light of outline made by the party chairperson, Khaleda Zia, during the party’s national council on March 19 last year.
Political leaders including senior leaders of the BNP and its allies, ambassador and representatives from different countries including United Kingdom, Turkey, Iran, Indonesia, France, Australia, EU and UNDP, senior journalists and civil society members attended the two-hour long function.
Khaleda said the BNP firmly determined to reach the destination of democracy, justice, and fair-play, which had been the tenets of the liberation war consecrated by the people and hence the party wants to combine together 3Gs—Good policy, Good governance and Good administration.
“The BNP wants to establish a forward-looking new stream of governance and political culture by embracing novelty as against politics of vengeance and requital and the party would make efforts to reach a new social contract towards this goal.
She said the BNP wants to achieve the profound objective of building an inclusive society through a greater fusion of all sections of people. “BNP wants to bring an end to political and social divisions in the country by uniting sprit of Bangladeshi nationalism.”
Khaleda said that BNP would not interfere into the internal affairs of any other country neither will create any security threat to any other country. “In the same vein the BNP commits that strong resistance will be made if any other country interferes into internal affairs of Bangladesh and poses any threat to state security of Bangladesh.”
She further said the BNP believes that across the border Bangladesh have friends and no master.
The BNP supreme said they would declare every freedom fighter as an honoured citizen of the state and it would make a correct list of the freedom fighters through a transparent manner.
She said the killing fields and mass graves distributed over different spots of the country shall be identified and memorial monuments will be constructed to keep the memory of the freedom struggle alive.
Khaleda said it is a matter of regret that the way the freedom fighters are evaluated at the state level, the martyrs of the freedom struggle are not that why the BNP would prepare a correct list of martyrs of the freedom struggle through an intensive survey at the behest of the state and they shall be given due honour and state recognition.
She said the BNP would repeal the controversial section of 57 of the ICT and constitute a Commission led by a former Justice of the Supreme Court and renowned educationalst, renowned citizen, IT specialist and experienced journalists as members. “A media policy for print, electronic and online media acceptable to all the quarters will be adopted on the basis of report of the commission.
Khaleda said the BNP will take initiatives for dialogues in the sprit of regional and mutual cooperation for sharing of water of international rivers according to International River Law. “If necessary tough international diplomatic initiatives would also be taken.”
She said the office and position of the Ombudsman shall be created as per the constitution in order to ensure administrative accountability and transparency.
Pay and allowances and other previllages of the public servants shall be increased in line with the prices of essentials.
Khaleda said the BNP would construct underground tunnels under Karnaphully, Buriganga, Gomoti, Padma, Jamuna and Meghna rivers.
REalisation of our vision is difficult but not impossible…We hope we shall be getting sincere support of the development partners and active support of our people,” she added. – Staff Reporter

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