The proposal made by the prime minister on a BBC HARDtalk programme has been rejected by the major political party. The prime minister has made the proposal without any earlier contemplation by himself or with any party men. She rather has made the comment only to escape from the toughness of the HARDtalk interview.
However, the prime minister has invited the opposition to join her self-styled interim government. But Opposition has rejected it summarily.
This was a rather positive nod from the government to accept the call of the opposition. For whatever reason, the proposal will be of icebreaking one to our recent political state of affairs.
What is the call of the time is to hold a comprehensive dialogue on the issue.
Whatever is the outcome of the dialogue, if held, the amendment of the constitution is imminent. The proposed interim government is not articulated in the constitution. Neither our prime minister has detailed out the proposed interim government.
In addition to this, not only with the constitution, but also the proposed interim government is not consistent with the modern democratic practice.
The traditional modern democracy has a particular practicing mode in the world where the ruling party continues to office until a government takes the office. Therefore, there is no existence of interim government formed by the existing members of the government. More so, probably the prime minister herself is desirous to preside over the proposed interim government, which is another step forward towards an unrealistic interim government.
Another dilemma of the interim government is that the next election will be held earlier to three months of the expiry of the present government/ninth parliament. This provision is articulated in the constitution after the fifteenth amendment was passed in the parliament. If so, then the fact will be like that the prime minister will be the head of the interim government while all other MPs and minister will be in the office as their tenure is yet to expire. In fact, there will be no qualitative change in the government except the change of the name. No matter whether some members of BNP or other parties join that interim government. It will not create any level playing field for the election.
The parties finally to get out from the complicacies solicit for judicial intervention. This sort of judicial intervention includes the inclusion of the judges to the interim government. For that same reason, the caretaker government includes the provision of the engagement of the justices in the caretaker government. And very unfortunate for us, it resulted the judicial melee in the country. Most destructive provision was the inclusion of the immediate pas chief justice as the chief of caretaker government. The government has made all out effort to make their loyal judge as the chief of the caretaker government by indulging any means. As a result, the judiciary has been put into debate.
BNP is proposing to reinstate the caretaker government repealed from the constitution with some modification. In the new amendment of the constitution, the political parities should reconsider the role of the judge in the caretaker government. As learnt from the media, BNP may propose to make the chief of the caretaker government from among the retired judges of the Supreme Court. This provision was also there in the caretaker government which also created the same tussle among the parties. In a particular tenure, at least two or more judges retire.
However, any probable solution will come out from an all-encompassing dialogue by all.
It is clear that the uncertainties about the coming election created by the abolition of the caretaker system through the Fifteenth Amendment to our Constitution cannot be removed by the proposed interim government. This is because the partisan government and law enforcement officials pose a serious threat to free and fair election. Another threat is created by the constitutional mandate to hold the election before the expiry of the term of the Parliament. In addition, the EC`s inability so far to win the confidence of the voters further complicates the situation. However, the PM`s proposal could be the basis for a much-needed dialogue between all parties involved, from which we hope a solution would emerge. We therefore request all concerned to give up their obdurate mindset and make sincere efforts to reach a negotiated settlement to overcome the present impasse.
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