DHAKA: The main opposition BNP will decide its next step after reviewing the copy of full text judgment on the 13th amendment of constitution that declared caretaker government (CG) system illegal.
Meanwhile, they decided to stage their one-point movement if the government does not arrange the national elections under the CG system.
BNP standing committee member barrister Rafiqul Islam Mia came up with the announcement while expressing party’s reaction over the issue to banglanews on Sunday.
He said, “The government is moving toward illegal power consumption by declaring the CG system illegal. But, we will decide our next step after fully review the full text of verdict.”
“According to the full verdict, two national elections will be held under the same system. We will go for one-point movement if the government wants to hold election under party-government ignoring the verdict”, he added.
Rafiqul said, “The people of the country will never let the present government to assume the power again by holding a preplanned election.”
Meanwhile, a number of top 18-party leaders said the government will compelled to leave the power if it tries to hold elections under the leadership of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina.
The High Court on Sunday published its full verdict that repealed the 13th Amendment to the constitution through which caretaker government system was introduced.
Seven Justices including former Chief Justice ABM Khairul Haque signed the signed the copy of full text judgment on the 13th amendment of constitution that declared caretaker government (CG) system illegal.
The much-debated `The Constitution (Fifteenth Amendment) Bill 2011’ was passed by 291-1 division vote with a new provision for holding national elections under interim political administration, voting out the provision of pre-election caretaker government.
The Caretaker Government is a form of government system in which the country is ruled by a selected government for an interim period during transition from one government to another, after the completion of tenure of the former.
As the outgoing government hands over their power, the caretaker government comes into place. Members of the caretaker government do not belong to any political party; nor are they allowed to contest the elections.
A caretaker government was first introduced in 1990 when three party alliances jointly made a demand for it. After the forced resignation of General Ershad, the three alliances nominated Chief Justice Shahbuddin Ahmed as the Chief Advisor.
A Caretaker government is headed by a Chief Adviser who enjoys the same power as the regular prime minister of the country except defense matters. The Advisors function as Ministers. Since 1996, the Caretaker government has held the elections of 1996, 2001 and 2008.
BDST: 0307 HRS, SEP 17, 2012
Edited by: Maria Salam, Asst Output Editor
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