Amid growing foreign pressure to reach a compromise with the government for a fair and peaceful general election, opposition BNP on Monday announced that it will come up soon with a framework of a polls-time interim government.
“We’ll soon present a framework of an election-time interim government before the nation,” said BNP acting secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir.
The BNP spokesman made the disclosure at a seminar at Parliament Members’ Club.
BNP parliamentary caucus arranged the seminar on non-party caretaker/interim government, corruption and law and order situation.
Opposition Chief Whip Zainul Abedin Farroque presided over the seminar and presented the keynote paper.
BNP has been on a movement since the government scrapped the non-party caretaker government system through the 15th amendment to the constitution demanding its restoration.
As per the current constitution, the next general election must be held within October 28 to January 24 under the incumbent regime and the ruling party is firm on its stance to hold the election as per the charter.
The opposing stances of the ruling and opposition parties have created a political crisis over the polls, promoting the UN, the US, the EU and other foreign countries to put pressure on the both camps to reach a negotiation through talks.
At the seminar, the BNP caucus presented an outline of a non-party interim government.
Fakhrul, however, mentioned that the proposed framework placed by the caucus is not BNP’s. “If we get the copy of the proposal of the parliamentary caucus, we’ll discuss it at our party forum.”
The BNP leader regretted that a permanent government system could not be established in the country even after 42 years of its independence. “It’s a shame for the nation ….it’s a big weakness. So, a polls-time permanent governing system will have to be established.”
Justifying the opposition’s demand for arranging the polls under a non-partisan government, Fakhrul said, “General election is held in other countries under a partisan government but we can’t reach that position overnight as political parties here have no confidence in each other.”
He alleged that all the blows so far the country’s democracy and the rule of law suffered only because of Awami League. “The party is also responsible for all the instabilities created in the country.”
He also criticised the government for what he said its dual policy. “They’ve withdrawn around 7,500 cases against the ruling party men and are filing false cases against opposition leaders and activists on the other.”
The BNP leader also alleged that the government is following dual policy regarding the trial of war criminals, too.
As per the framework of the BNP caucus, the polls-time interim government will be formed with 15 members for 90 days and one of them will be the chief adviser.
The chief adviser will be selected from retired chief justice/ Supreme Court justice (Appellate Division)/Speaker of Parliament or anyone from professional/civil society member, or any distinguished citizen/educationist on the basis of a consensus. The other members will be picked from distinguished citizens, educationists, retired army officers/government officials, noted lawyers, journalists and businessmen.
The interim government will hand over power to the elected government through holding the polls within its 90-day tenure.