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Polls-time government: Speaker wants AL, BNP to place proposals

  • Published at 03:41 pm June 1st, 2013
Polls-time government: Speaker wants AL, BNP to place proposals

Speaker Dr Shirin Sharmin Chaudhury on Saturday suggested both the ruling Awami League and the opposition BNP to place in parliament their proposals over the polls-time government to resolve the ongoing political crisis.

Talking to UNB over phone, she said, “Such proposals (regarding the polls-time government) must be placed by both the ruling and opposition parties in parliament. If any proposal or issue is put forward, I can include that in parliament procedures of business as the Speaker.”

She went on: “This is how, I think, I’ll be able to play the prime role in engaging the government and the opposition in a dialogue.”

Dr Shirin said it would be better if any proposal over the election-time government is placed in parliament before June 6 when the new budget will be placed.

The parliament goes into its budget session on June 6.

The Speaker urged BNP to join discussions in parliament, saying, “A solution could be worked out through discussions in the House.”

Sought comments in this regard, BNP standing committee member Lt Gen (retd) Mahbubur Rahman said discussions could be held in parliament to find out ways to hold the next general election in a credible manner.”

Reiterating their demand for the restoration of the caretaker government, he said the next parliamentary election must be held under the non-party neutral caretaker government.

The BNP policymaker, however, said if the government does not concede to their demand for the restoration of the caretaker government, the next election can be arranged under a no-partisan interim administration.

Another BNP standing committee member Moudud Ahmed said, “The dialogue with the government depends on the government’s will. The government must take the initiative first in this regard. Then, we can consider it.”