Hold a dialogue with PM instead of President: B Chy

Hold a dialogue with PM instead of President: B Chy

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Bikalpa Dhara Bangladesh (BDB) President AQM Badruddoza Chowdhury on Friday asked BNP to take an initiative to hold a dialogue with the Prime Minister instead of the President over the formation of a neutral and stronger Election Commission (EC).“As I was President, I know what you’ll get from the meeting with the President. The Constitution says the President will act as per the Prime Minister’s suggestions. He has to do what the Prime Minister will propose. I clearly see that the Prime Minister of this government is the only powerful person enjoying the maximum authority. So, the dialogue must be held with the Prime Minister,” he said.
B Chowdhury came up with the remarks while speaking at a discussion at the Institution of Diploma Engineers, Bangladesh organised by Bhasani Anusari Parishad marking Moulana Abdul Hamid Khan Bhasani’s 40th death anniversary.
He also said that BNP should not have missed the chance when Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina invited BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia for a dialogue on her proposals on the election-time all-party government in 2014.
About the BNP chairperson’s 13-point proposal on the EC, he said the election-time government is much more important than the Election Commission.
He also said BNP should now focus on neutral or close to a neutral election-time government. “The all-party government can be close to a neutral administration.”
Hinting at BNP’s efforts to meet the President to submit its chairperson’s proposals, the BDB chief, “It’s good that you’re trying to meet him as he’s the number one revered person of the country, but he has no power to do anything.”
Speaking at the programme, BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir said Awami League is turning down their party chief’s proposal as it again wants to go to power without votes.
He said the ruling party is not willing to hold a fair election as it knows it very well that people will not vote it to return to power.
“Awami League fears that people are not with them. They’re now depending on arms instead of keeping confidence in people as the party has got politically bankrupt. They are running the country by suppressing people using the state machinery and law enforcers,” Fakhrul observed.
He called upon all to take forward the ongoing movement for restoration of democracy following the ideals of Bhasani.

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