Wednesday, 1 December, 2021

‘Present constitution contrary to democratic practice’

‘Present constitution contrary to democratic practice’
Jatiya Party Chairman GM Quader exchanges views with leaders of the party’s Gazipur city unit and its associate bodies at Banani office in the city on Saturday. JP Secretary General Mujibul Haque Chunnu was also present. SUN photo

Jatiya Party Chairman GM Quader on Saturday said the present constitution of the country is contradictory to democratic practice as it gives all power to a “single person”, reports UNB.

“It’s not possible to practise democracy in line with the current constitution. The constitution is contradictory to democratic practice,” he said.

Speaking at a views-exchange meeting with the leaders of Gazipur city unit Jatiya Party and its associate bodies at the party chairman’s Banani office, GM Quader also said many articles of the constitution need to be amended to ensure democratic practice in Bangladesh.

“No Member of Parliament from the ruling party can oppose any decision of the government due to Article 70 of the constitution. It helps consolidate all powers in the hands of one person. About 90 percent of the country’s executive, legislative branches and also judiciary through the president is under the control of the head of government. So, nothing is possible to do going beyond what the head of government wants to,” he observed.

GM Quader, also the deputy opposition leader in parliament, said a law must be enacted in accordance with the constitution for the formation of the Election Commission to ensure a free, fair and credible election.

“The Election Commission is being formed without a law which is like appointing a referee on behalf of a team in a football game. The Election Commission will have to be constituted with suitable people as per a law and all powers should be given to it in accordance with the constitution,” the Jatiya Party chief said.

Out of 40 registered political parties, he said only Awami League, BNP and Jatiya Party now remain active while the rest have become signboard-only political parties.