Wednesday, January 31st, 2018
No room for election-time supportive government
January 31st, 2018 at 10:47 pm
No room for election-time supportive government

Dhaka – Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Wednesday trashed Bangladesh Nationalist Party’s demand for a supportive administration during the next general election due by the year end.

“There is no provision in the constitution for formation of a supportive administration,” Hasina told parliament during her weekly question-answer session.

The BNP, which boycotted the 2014 general election demanding a non-party caretaker administration to oversee the election, has now been asking for a poll-time government to supervise credible holding of an election.

Hasina, also the head of ruling Awami League, launched her party’s electioneering through a rally Tuesday in north-eastern shrine city of Sylhet. She sought vote for her party’s election symbol boat.

On Wednesday, she was replying questions from lawmakers in parliament.

To a question from ruling party lawmaker Tanvir Imam of Sirajganj-4 constituency, Hasina said that her government would always uphold values of the democratic system.

“We would not undertake any government system contrary to the constitution.”

She said the BNP was born through martial law and in an illegal way violating the constitution.

Hasina said during the rule of General Ziaur Rahman, BNP staged voter-less referendum. The party after the victory in 1991 election orchestrated massive vote rigging in by-elections. It also formed an illegal government through the farcical election on 15 February election in 1996, she alleged.

“The BNP fully destroyed the electoral system,” she added.

Hasina said the emergency was imposed and a caretaker government was in power for two years as BNP tried to make their like-minded person to be chief of the caretaker administration in 2006 with an intention to hold yet another farcical election.

“While reviewing this history, BNP was never in favor of the continuation of democracy and for this, they are demanding a supportive government unconstitutionally which is not at all acceptable,” she added.