The BNP-led 20-party opposition alliance yesterday announced a two-day program beginning on Wednesday protesting the government move to amend the constitution to restore parliament’s power to remove Supreme Court judges.
As part of the programs, the alliance will stage demonstrations with protest processions in all divisional cities, except capital Dhaka, and district towns on Wednesday.
The BNP alliance will also observe a similar program in the capital city on Thursday.
BNP standing committee member Nazrul Islam Khan spelled out the program at a press briefing at the BNP's Nayapaltan central office.
He said the time and venue for their Thursday’s protest program in Dhaka will be declared later. “The government has taken the move to empower an unelected and unrepresentative parliament to remove judges only to cement its power. People don’t accept the decision,” he said.
Mentioning that no pressure group has demanded restoration of parliament’s power to sack judges, Nazrul said the government’s deliberate move to this end has manifested that there is an ill-motive behind it.
The BNP leader warned that they together with people will thwart the government’s evil design to cripple the judiciary.
Prior to the press briefing, Nazrul had a meeting with senior leaders of the 20-party alliance.
The Constitution (Sixteenth Amendment) Bill, 2014, seeking to empower Parliament to remove Supreme Court judges, was placed in the House on Sunday.
Law, Justice and Parliamentary Affairs Minister Anisul Huq placed the Bill in Parliament and it was then sent to the relevant parliamentary standing committee for further scrutiny.
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