Khaleda for partisan government

Khaleda for partisan government

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Khaleda Zia has come up with an offer of a polls-time ‘partisan non-party government’ in the name of a ‘neutral government’ for holding the next general election, says Information Minister Hasanul Haq Inu.

Inu believes Khaleda did not devote ‘care and attention’ in outlining her version of an election-time administration, which can ‘never be implemented.’

Khaleda gave her thoughts on an interim government for conducting the next election on Monday, two days after Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina elaborated on her plans of an all-party government. She also refused Hasina’s offer as she presented hers at a city hotel.

The BNP Chairperson wants an interim government composed of 10 former caretaker government advisors, headed by another man selected unanimously by both parties. Her chosen Chief for a caretaker government, she clarified, would be an ‘honourable citizen.’

According to her, the government would be manned equally by AL and BNP with Advisors chosen from the caretaker governments in 1996 and 2001. As many as 20 Advisors worked under these two governments and four have passed away.

Minister Inu criticised Khaleda’s line of thought. He said 5 Advisors chosen by each AL and BNP would automatically be ‘partisan’. They turn ‘partisan’ once they are chosen.

Inu referred to Khaleda’s statement wherein she had alleged that polls held under the 1996 caretaker government had been rigged. Awami League chief Hasina made the same allegation about the election held under the 2001 caretaker government.

“Those two caretaker governments were questioned at that very moment. But this time Khaleda Zia has found Advisors to those caretaker governments to be neutral.”

Hasina is more in favour of a caretaker government overseeing any election. Her version of interim government is an all-party government. She requested her opposition to nominate members to that government.

Inu called a press conference at his Secretariat office on Tuesday to express his views about both the offers.

Inu, however, thinks Khaleda’s proposal at least has opened the door for a dialogue, though it sounded ‘unreal’. He suggested to the opposition chief to prepare for the dialogue.

He is optimistic about Khaleda coming ahead with all ‘kinds of offers’ to help organise a free and fair election.

He differed with Khaleda specifically on the point of selecting a chief to the government. Inu finds it ‘nearly impossible’ to select an honourable man as the Chief.

“Two of those Advisors have already turned down the offer. Most of the rest have grown old enough to wonder whether they should agree to accept this responsibility.”

Inu finds the idea an ‘obstacle’ to holding a timely election.

“Khaleda Zia’s offer does not have a fixed deadline. The implementation of her proposal will require amending the Constitution which is not a permanent solution. So the next five years may see political parties clash.”

He believes a solution to the present crisis can be reached through negotiations without going beyond constitutional norms.-bdnews24.com

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