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Eminent citizens fear political instability

Update : 22 Oct 2013, 04:46 AM

Several eminent citizens reacted to BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia’s proposal on polls-time government on Monday by voicing concerns that the political situation of the country would worsen as the two major political parties have chosen divergent paths over the issue.

In addition, they also pressed the importance of a dialogue between the two parties in order to reach an agreement.

Jurist Barrister Rafique ul Huq said the constitution would have to be amended to form a caretaker government as proposed by the BNP leader in her speech on Monday.

He pointed out the importance of a meeting between Sheikh Hasina and Khaleda Zia and said the political situation would worsen if the two major political parties cannot reach consensus on the formation of the polls-time government.

Meanwhile, former adviser to the caretaker government M Hafizuddin Khan in his reaction said the two major political parties had clarified their stances, “but if they cannot reach a consensus over the ongoing crisis, the country’s political stability will be jeopardised ahead of the next parliamentary elections.”

Executive Director of Transparency International Bangladesh (TIB), Iftekharuzzaman, said leader of the opposition has in substance remained firm on her demand for the non-party caretaker government, and that the only difference now is some indications on how such a government can be formed.

“The proposal has not been accepted by the ruling party. While the prime minister has proposed an all-party election-time government, the ruling party remains essentially firm against a non-party caretaker government,” he said. “Hence the scope and prospect of a mutually agreeable solution no longer appears available,” he said, adding that there are reasons to be concerned about a worst possible turnout of this mutually antagonistic position which can be detrimental to public interest and future of democracy.  

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