polls time govt: BNP won’t place proposal in JS: Moudud

Staff Correspondent

Bangladesh Nationalist Party leader Moudud Ahmed on Thursday said they would not place any proposal on an election-time government during parliament’s budget session as BNP wanted restoration of the non-party caretaker provision.
Moudud, member of the BNP standing committee, said BNP’s stand was very clear – that it wanted restoration of the provision for a ‘non-party’ government in the constitution and an election-time government would have to be formed in line with it.
Talking to reporters at the graveside of the late president, Ziaur Rahman, he, however, said BNP would definitely respond if the government was willing to discuss only the issue of who should be the chief adviser to the ‘non-party’ government.
Moudud alleged the incumbent government had ‘no good intention’ to hold a peaceful and meaningful dialogue.
BNP acting secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir said BNP and its chairperson had repeatedly called for discussion to resolve the political crisis.
Unfortunately the government did not pay heed to it, he said adding that as a result political crisis had deepened putting democracy ‘at risk’.
Fakhrul said BNP hoped that ‘good sense’ would prevail on the government and it would stop ‘repression’ on the opposition and restore the provision for a ‘non-party’ caretaker government through discussion.
Fakhrul and Moudud accompanied Khaleda Zia who placed wreaths at the grave of Ziaur Rahman and offered prayers to mark the 32nd death anniversary of BNP’s founder.
A delegation of BNP lawmakers led by opposition chief whip Zainul Abdin Farroque met speaker Shirin Sharmin Chaudhury at her office on Thursday and requested her to use her good office for the release of BNP lawmakers MK Anwar and Barkatullah Bulu before the budget session begins on June 3.
Shahiduddin Chowdhury Annie, who was on the delegation, told New Age that  they had submitted a letter to the speaker for the release of MK Anwar and Barkatullah Bulu under the privilege enjoyed by the members of parliament.
In reply to a question, he said the speaker had told them that she would discuss the matter with the authorities concerned.
About their joining parliament session, he said it would be decided in the party’s parliamentary party meeting.
Another BNP lawmaker told New Age that probably they would join parliament session on June 3.
A few days ago, some young lawmakers of the party had advised Khaleda Zia, the leader of the opposition in parliament, to join the coming budget session on the first day on June 3, the lawmaker said.
They would have to join the next budget session under constitutional obligation to retain their memberships.
The lawmakers of BNP and its allies had been boycotting the house for 84 working days, according to the party sources.
According to the constitution if a parliament member remains absent for 90 consecutive sittings since they last attend, their parliamentary seat would fall vacant.

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