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Razzaque: No scope to go beyond constitution to hold polls

Against one-point demand of BNP, he said the government wants to keep Bangladesh calm and stable

Update : 16 Jul 2023, 01:06 PM

Agriculture Minister Dr Mohammad Abdur Razzaque on Saturday reiterated that the next Jatiya Sangsad (JS) polls will be held in line with the provisions of the country's constitution as there is no scope to go beyond the Constitution.

"There is no scope to go beyond the Constitution . . . Our development partners know very well that everything will be according to the country's existing Constitution," Razzaque, also ruling Awami League presidium member, told this while inaugurating the week-long tree fair at Tangial Poura Uddyan.

Referring to the visit of the delegation of Bangladesh's development partners, the minister categorically said they (delegation) are well aware of the country that everything will be held in line with the constitution.

About Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina's firm commitment to ensure a free, fair and credible general elections, he said the visiting foreign delegation did not say anything about non-partisan or caretaker government, but their demand for fair elections was very strong what the premier earlier assured them.

"The upcoming elections will be very fair, impartial and acceptable," the agriculture minister boldly mentioned, hoping that BNP would come in this process to hold the next election as free, fair and impartial manner.

He said BNP can demand how to make elections free, fair and impartial and the Election Commission (EC) will do that.

"We will all cooperate with the Election Commission so that we can show the example of a beautiful and very acceptable election to the people of Bangladesh and the whole world as well," Razzaque added.

The agriculture minister was very critical about the BNP's demand and said BNP's charter of demands against an elected government and resignation of the prime minister is absolutely ridiculous.

Against one-point demand of BNP and other opposition parties, he said, "We want to keep Bangladesh calm and stable. They must know that an elected government never resigns on demand and BNP's resignation demand will never be implemented."



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