The ruling Awami League has rejected the proposals of Jukta Front and Jatiya Oikya Prakria, two alliances of small political parties, on the next general election as they ‘go beyond the Constitution’.
The policymakers of the ruling party have termed the nine key political agenda and demands of the alliances ‘unnecessary’, ‘contrary to the Constitution’ and ‘an obstacle to holding the elections’.The alliances on Saturday announced a ‘greater national unity’ and placed a five-point charter of demands for holding the next election in a free and fair manner.
Jukta Front is comprised of Bikalpa Dhara Bangladesh led by AQM Badruddoza Chowdhury, Jatiya Samajtantrik Dal (JSD) led by ASM Abdur Rab and Nagorik Oikya led by Mahmudur Rahman Manna. Gana Forum president Dr Kamal Hossain is leading the Jatiya Oikya Prokria.
The demands of the alliances include formation of a ‘neutral’ poll-time government, dissolution of the current parliament, reconstitution of the Election Commission and deployment of Army during polls.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina hailed them for creating the ‘greater unity’ and agreed to give them a scope to hold public rallies at Suhrawardy Udyan, but she rejected all their demands over the next national election.
Top leaders of the ruling party said the unconstitutional demands of the ‘unity’ will not be accepted and the election will be held in line with the Constitutional provision.
Top Awami Lelague leaders smell a rat over the demands and proposals as most of them are contrary to the election system.“The proposals cannot be accepted as they go beyond the Constitution,” said Awami League advisory council member Tofail Ahmed, also the commerce minister.
AL presidium member Faruk Khan welcomed the ‘unity’ as “multiparty democracy exists in Bangladesh”.
Talking to the daily sun, he said, “Any logical demand for holding free and fair national polls can be accepted and the Election Commission should materialise it, but the demands of Jukta Front surprises me as they are contrary to the Constitution.”
“They should give realistic proposals dropping such emotional demands. They should also refrain from hatching conspiracies,” Faruk said.
Meanwhile, Awami League general secretary Obaidul Quader termed Jukta Front’s demands as irrelevant, inconsistent, unnecessary and unconstitutional.
“Jukta Front demands are irrelevant, inconsistent, unnecessary and unconstitutional. There is no need to form a non-political government by dissolving parliament,” he said.
“The next election would be held in line with the Constitution and there is no option to go beyond the Constitution,” he said.