Awami League General Secretary and Road Transport and Bridges Minister Obaidul Quader met with President Abdul Hamid Khan on Monday to discuss the Supreme Court’s 16th Amendment verdict.
Obaidul Quader went to Bangabhaban to meet the president at noon on Monday, reports the Bangla Tribune.
He said: “I met the president to share the Awami League’s stance over the 16th Amendment verdict with him. We discussed the matter.”
According to sources, Chief Justice Surendra Kumar Sinha went to Bangabhaban that morning to exchange greetings with the Hindu community on Janmashtami. Obaidul Quader met the Chief Justice at his residence on Saturday to discuss the verdict.
While addressing a rally at Dhaka's Palashi intersection after the meeting, Obaidul Quader said there is no reason to worry over Supreme Court's observation in its judgement scraping 16th constitutional amendment, reports BSS.
"There might be concern among us, but there is no need to worry. I have met Chief Justice with the permission of the president of my party Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina. I have let the chief justice know the position of my party over the judgment. Today, I met President M Abdul Hamid following advice of my party president," he said.
Fakhrul: Govt out to stage drama over 16th Amendment verdict
BNP Secretary General Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir on Monday alleged that the government is trying to stage a drama over the Supreme Court's verdict that revoked the 16th constitutional amendment.
"The government is out to make a drama over the 16th amendment verdict as it has exposed that Awami League has no legitimacy to stay in power. It has also clearly manifested that the party has no moral ground to run the government," he said.
Fakhrul came up with the remarks while talking to journalists during his visit to different flood-affected areas in the district, reports our district correspondent Zakir Mostafiz.
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The BNP leader said their party is considering the apex court's verdict as a historical and significant document as it has revealed the truth and the ruling party's real colour.
He said it is Awami League's old habit to oppose the court verdict which goes against its interests.
"We strongly condemn the Awami League's efforts to stir a controversy over the Supreme Court's 16th amendment judgment," Fakhrul said.
He hoped that good sense will prevail upon the government to hold a fair election under a non-party supportive government through talks with political parties.
Hanif: Quader met CJ to resolve crisis
Awami League Joint General Secretary Mahbubul Alam Hanif on Monday said his party's General Secretary Obaidul Quader went to Chief Justice's residence to resolve the ongoing crisis and there is no scope of any debate over it.
"The judiciary is independent, the government and the Awami League want the judiciary work independently. We want the crisis which has been created after the verdict to be resolved soon and for this reason Obaidul Quader went to CJ's residence.....there is no scope of debate over it," he said.
Hanif came up with this remark a day after BNP Secretary General Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir expressed concern over Obaidul Quader's meeting with the Chief Justice at the latter's residence.
"We've got surprised by the visit as they were attacking the Chief Justice with aggressive and indecent words, " said Fakhrul at a programme on Sunday and urged his party colleagues to remain alert as the government has been hatching a new plot to obliterate democracy.
Hanif was addressing a seminar titled "Tumi E Bangladesh" organised by Shotirtho Shojon at the National Press Club.
Terming the observation in the Supreme Court verdict that annulled the 16th Amendment as objectionable, Hanif said: "Expunge the statement given in the name of observation immediately. It is the demand of people. People of the country are not ready to accept the observation, they have been angry and shocked at it."
Citing the observation as a conspiracy against the government, Health Minister Mohammed Nasim said new conspiracy started again with the verdict against the government.....the main target is to stop Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina as she is driving the country towards development."
Part of the story was first published on Bangla Tribune