Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday urged the main opposition BNP to call off tomorrow’s hartal and said there is still scope for discussion on the caretaker government system.
“We are not rigid on the issue. Come to parliament and if you have any formula, spell it out,” she said in the emergency meeting of Awami League Central Working Committee, at her Gono Bhaban residence in the capital.
Hasina blamed the caretaker government system for the 1/11 changeover and said the undesirable event would not have happened, had there been a political government in its place in 2007.
She said many quarters are making preparations to stay in power for long by creating another situation like that of 1/11 in the country.
The ruling party’s highest decision-making body organised the meeting to discuss the latest political developments including tomorrow’s hartal and much-talked about caretaker government system, declared illegal recently by the Supreme Court.
The AL-led grand alliance boycotted the January 22 election in 2007 when the then president Iajuddin Ahmed appointed himself the chief adviser to the caretaker government. There had been mass protests across the country following the event, said Hasina, also president of ruling AL.
She said the parliamentary special committee on constitution amendment was formed to strengthen the caretaker government system further by plugging the loopholes in the system. But the apex court declared it illegal and the government now has nothing to do with the issue.
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