Civil movement

BNP to discuss state reforms in 2nd round dialogue on move

The main opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party plans to start a new round of dialogues with opposition parties to finalize the outlines of an anti-government movement based on its package of comprehensive state reforms. .

In the first round of the BNP’s month-long dialogue with opposition political parties from late May, led by party secretary-general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir, at least 18 parties expressed interest in joining a anti-government movement with the BNP.

‘We [BNP] we plan to start the second round dialogue with the parties on October 2, as we have made the necessary preparations based on the first round,” Fakhrul told New Age on Tuesday.

He said they would discuss a comprehensive plan for a united movement to oust the AL from power and restore the party-neutral caretaker government come election time.

Asked about the possibility of a meeting with the Jatiya party, a partner of the grand alliance led by the ruling Awami League, Fakhrul said: “We are working on the agenda of the [fresh] dialogue. We will leave you [journalists] know from time to time when we have meetings with whom.

According to a member of the BNP Standing Committee, the party’s dialogue team will mainly discuss with opposition organizations its plan for constitutional, judicial and administrative reforms to achieve a democratic transformation of the state.

The reform program will be implemented by a “national government” that will be constituted with the political forces contributing to the ousting of what the BNP calls the fascist Awami League government, Iqbal Hasan Mahmud told New Age recently. Member of the BNP Standing Committee.

The reform plan will include constitutional amendments, a neutral interim government at election time, forging national reconciliation, establishing a bicameral legislature, judicial reform and civil administration reform, according to Iqbal.

“Party policymakers are considering the reform package titled ‘Declaration of Transformative State Reforms’ to address long-standing issues that have plagued the nation,” he also said.

As part of the proposed reform package, the party will form a “Constitutional Reform Commission” to secure the democratic rights of the people while the referendum provision will be reinstated in the constitution towards a better democratic system.

A “National Reconciliation Commission” will be formed, based on Bangladeshi nationalism, to achieve a “Rainbow Nation” that would be inclusive, harmonious and non-discriminatory with a view to ending the politics of revenge and vengeance, says the project.

The reform program will be implemented through dialogues and exchanges of views among stakeholders, he added.

The BNP also plans to amend Article 70 of the constitution to guarantee lawmakers independent voting rights in parliament, except for money bills, no-confidence motions, national security matters and government bills. Constitutional Amendment Act.

The party proposes to take measures to ensure checks and balances between the powers of the president and the prime minister and a good coordination between the executive and legislative powers.

A bicameral legislature will be introduced, incorporating eminent educators, professionals, political scientists, social scientists and people with experience in the field of administration, the draft also proposed.

Earlier, in March, the BNP said it would announce a “national government” formula to draw other parties into a broader alliance for its planned united movement against the ruling Awami League.

Party leaders have repeatedly stated that the BNP’s concept of a national government is essentially a concept of a national consensus government that will be formed after the elections.

The party, however, hasn’t officially released any details about the concept.

The next general elections are expected to take place in December 2023 or January 2024.