Dhaka – BNP standing committee member Moudud Ahmed on Friday urged the government to reach an understanding over the formation of a stronger and credible Election Commission through talks.
“We once again call upon the government, let’s discuss as to how we can form a stronger and neutral Commission through negotiations. From BNP’s side, we’ll completely cooperate with you in this regard,” he said. UNB news agency reported
Speaking at a discussion, the BNP leader further said, “We’re not saying to accept our proposal (on EC) as it is. Other parties also can give their opinions in this regard or improve our proposals. We also can correct our proposals if there’s any inconsistency with constitution. We can come to an understanding through talks and thus we’ll be able to restore democracy.”
Bangladesh Smmalita Peshajibi Parishad, a pro-BNP platform, organised the programme at Dhaka Reporters’ Unity (DRU).
Mentioning that the country has been without democracy for the last nine years, Moudud said time is running out fast to restore democracy in the country. “It’s not the right notion, if anyone thinks the country’s current situation will continue for a long. Surely, there is an end. We must restore democracy in Bangladesh under BNP’s leadership.”
Criticising Awami League for turning down BNP chairperson’s 13-point proposal on constituting a stronger EC, he said the ruling party has manifested its undemocratic, fascist and despotic attitude through its outright rejection of those. “They (AL) should have welcomed the proposals and created an atmosphere for discussions on those.”
The BNP senior leader said Awami League is doing everything necessary to hang onto power as it does not believe in democracy. Referring to Awami League’s movement for introducing the non-party caretaker government system during 1996, he said Sheikh Hasina at that time had said, “Non-party caretaker government concept was her brain child…I think there’s a rare example that a national leader liker her (Hasina) has such a quite opposite position… It’s also an utter political degradation.