BNP asks govt to cancel 15th amendment this sessionStaff Correspondent
Bangladesh Nationalist Party leaders asked the government to nullify the 15th amendment to the constitution in the current session of the parliament to avoid confrontation.
They asked the government to immediately resign in the wake of ‘its involvement in corruption in the Padma bridge project.’
The leaders made the comment when they addressed different programmes in the capital on Sunday.
The opposition chief whip, Zainul Abdin Farroque, as he addressed a human chain in front of the National Press Club, warned the government against not leading the country into confrontation.
Swadesh Mancha organised the human chain in protest at the recent remarks of the Jatiya Samajtantrik Dal president, Hasanul Huq Inu, a partner in the ruling alliance, against the BNP chairperson, Khaleda Zia.
He asked the government to cancel the 15th amendment to the constitution by placing a bill in the current session of the parliament to hold the next general elections under a non-party, neutral government.
Farroque, also the publicity secretary of the BNP, said that ruling party would need to shoulder the responsibility for any untoward situation, otherwise.
He asked Inu to withdraw his ‘indecent’ remarks against Khaleda. ‘Quit politics if you cannot maintain decency,’ he said on a note of warning.
BNP standing committee member Nazrul Islam Khan at a roundtable at the National Press Club said that leaders of the Awami League and its allies were speaking against elections under a partisan government.
Referring to the frequent filing of cases against opposition leaders and activists, Nazrul said that as an old party, the Awami League should know that it cannot cling to power by doing such things.
He criticised the prime minister for urging people on Saturday to re-elect her party. He said that why she was begging votes as she could earn votes by working for the people.
BNP standing committee member Moudud Ahmed asked the government to resign as the World Bank cancelled its funding for the Padma Multipurpose Bridge project in the wake of ‘its corruption.’
He said that such an incident had not happened in 40 years since the country’s independence and the government should resign shouldering the responsibility for the corruption.
He was addressing a discussion organised by Deshanetri Sangaskritik Parishad at the National Press Club.
Moudud said that Awami League men were involved in corruption and they would commit more corruption if they returned to power.
Addressing another programme at the National Press Club, BNP standing committee member Gayeshwar Chandra Roy said that elections with Hasina in power is like putting the fox in a hen house.
Referring to the prime minister’s remarks that the BNP would not get more than 10 seats in next elections, he said that the people would give a fitting reply if the elections were held under a non-party government.
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