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BNP: PM’s remarks on election-time govt misleading

  • Published at 06:31 PM January 13, 2018
  • Last updated at 08:39 PM January 13, 2018
BNP: PM’s remarks on election-time govt misleading
File photo of BNP Standing Committee Member Moudud AhmedFocus Bangla

'The prime minister mainly tried to send out the message that the election will he held under the current partisan government'

BNP senior leader Moudud Ahmed on Saturday said Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s remarks about the election-time government were misleading, as there is no provision in the current Constitution to form such an administration.

“The prime minister in her address to the nation said an election-time government will be formed. But there’s no provision in the current Constitution for making such a government. She only tried to confuse people with such a comment,” he said.

Speaking at a discussion arranged at the National Press Club by pro-BNP platform Democratic Movement, the BNP leader added: “The prime minister mainly tried to send out the message that the election will he held under the current partisan government.”

The program was arranged to voice demands for the withdrawal of “false” cases filed against BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia and Senior Vice Chairman Tarique Rahman.

In her address to the nation on Friday, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina said the next general election would be held as per the Constitution, as she expressed optimism that all the parties registered with the Election Commission would take part in the polls and uphold Bangladesh’s democratic process.

“In line with the Constitution, the 11th parliamentary election will be held towards the end of 2018. How the election will be held is clearly stated in our Constitution. An election-time government will be formed under the Constitution, which will provide all-out cooperation to the Election Commission to conduct the election,” the PM said.

Moudud, a BNP standing committee member, said the entire nation had expected that the Prime Minister would give clear directions on holding the next polls in a credible and neutral manner. “But she didn’t do this. The prime minister also did not mention anything about the dissolution of parliament before polls or the deployment of army during the election.”

He also claimed the prime minister could not depict the real scenario of the country in her speech, as it was lopsided one. “Her address to the nation could not appease people as she did not talk about the genuine problems of the country.”

The BNP leader further said that although the Prime Minister highlighted various development activities carried out by her government, she did not talk about the widespread corruption in all of the development projects.

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