SC verdict 'distorted' in full text: BNP
The main opposition BNP believes the Supreme Court verdict on the
constitution's 13th amendment has been "distorted" in its full text
and the observations about an interim government comprising lawmakers
were included only to implement the "prime minister's plan" for
holding the election under a small cabinet.
The party's policymakers and legal experts reviewed the full text and
rejected it at a closed-door meeting last night with party chief
Khaleda Zia in the chair at her Gulshan office in the capital, meeting
Khaleda may address a press conference tomorrow to explain the party
stance on the apex court verdict, they added.
Asked about the discussions at the meeting, a senior BNP leader said,
"We think the full text of verdict is nothing but a reflection of the
prime minister's recent proposals on election-time government."
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina in an interview with the BBC during her
recent visit to London proposed formation of a small cabinet that
would also include BNP representatives for holding the next general
The BNP outright rejected the proposal.
On Sunday, the SC released the full text of its verdict declaring
illegal the constitutional provision for caretaker government.
In the verdict, the SC said the next two elections might be held under
a caretaker comprising lawmakers.
At the review meeting, BNP leaders expressed the view that there is no
similarity between the short order and full text of the SC verdict.
The meeting was attended by BNP acting secretary general Mirza Fakhrul
Islam Alamgir, standing committee members Khandaker Mosharraf Hossain
and Rafiqul Islam Mia, Vice Chairman Justice TH Khan and former
minister Aminul Haque, among others.
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