Political deadlock in the country continues as the two major parties — ruling Awami League and BNP — stick to their guns over the method of holding the next parliamentary polls.
The AL has been always saying that the next polls will be held as per the constitution while the BNP demands holding of the polls under a neutral administration.
Brushing aside the BNP’s demand for neutral administration, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, also the president of AL, on Wednesday outlined a formula of the election-time government.
“The election-time government will only carry out routine work and it will not take any decision on policy matters,” she told parliament.
Article 126 mentions that it shall be the duty of all executive authorities to assist the Election Commission in the discharge of its functions.
On Saturday, BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia at the party’s National Executive Committee (NEC) meeting reiterated the demand for formation of a neutral administration to oversee the next national polls.
She said elections should be held under the neutral administration and parliament should be dissolved before the polls likely to be held in December this year.
The BNP boycotted the 10th parliamentary polls after being failed to realise its demand of the neutral administration and ran mayhem across the country to foil the polls.
The last polls were also held constitutionally as the ninth parliament scrapped the much-talked caretaker government provision following a verdict of the apex court.
Ruling party insiders said there is no provision of neutral administration/ poll-conducive government in the constitution as the ninth parliament annulled the provision in the light of the verdict of the apex court.Speaking on such demand, the AL president said, “Constitution is the supreme law of the country. As per constitution, there is no provision of forming poll-conducive government.”
Amid the stern stances of the two rival camps, Chief Election Commissioner KM Nurul Huda on Friday said inclusive polls would not be possible without the participation of a major party like the BNP.
He hoped that the BNP would participate in the next polls.
Jatiya Party (JP), which emerged as the main opposition in parliament, has been asking the government to arrange the polls as per the constitution.
“The 11th parliamentary polls should be held as per the constitution,” JP chairman Hussein Muhammad Ershad said while addressing a programme.
Apart from the JP, small political parties, including Workers Party of Bangladesh, factions of Jatiya Samajtantrik Dal and Samyabadi Dal are in favour of the polls under the constitution.
These tiny parties are also partners of the ruling AL-led 14-party alliance.
Expressing firm stance on holding the polls under the constitution, AL general secretary Obaidul Quader on Saturday said, “The way elections are held in other democratic countries, elections in Bangladesh will also be held in the same manner.”