No scope now for law on EC formation: Law Minister

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Dhaka, Jan 02: Law Minister Anisul Huq on Sunday reiterated that there is no scope right now for the enactment of a law on the formation of the Election Commission.

“I said there will be a law, but that has to acceptable to all and not only to one party” he told the reporters in reply to a question at his office in the Secretariat.

Referring to the President Abdul Hamid’s ongoing dialogue with political parties the law minister said it will be too early to call it a success or a failure.

“We will have to wait until the dialogue is over and see what steps the president takes after it,” he said.

He urged BNP to change its decision and take part in the dialogue with the president for the sake of the country.

Pointing to BNP he said, “If they think it is a toxic situation, then I think they have to take some steps to get out of the toxic situation. If we join the dialogue, we think it will be positive.”

Asked about the logjam of pending cases, the minister blamed it on the disruptions caused by Covid-19 pandemic. The number of pending cases could have been more unless the government introduced virtual court that cleared two lakh cases, he said.

Meanwhile, about new challenges for the government in the New Year, the law minister said, “I think we have already set the challenges. Now it is time to face those challenges.”

He added that the Padma Bridge is almost complete. Besides, all the mega projects that were taken will be completed by June or December.

“These are the mega challenges that Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s government is ready to deliver.”

“In fact, the challenge we always have is that we believe in public service. Our job is to improve the quality of service and deliver the service to the people and we take it as a challenge to do that,” he kept saying.

The minister said all the programs are people friendly. “We will try to make these people-friendly programs available to the people through public service.”

“Who will be sent abroad, who will not be sent abroad, that is not the priority,” he said. “Priority is that the time has come for Sheikh Hasina to prepare the ground for the services that the people should have received long ago. We will deliver.”

He said the people will deliver their verdict in the next elections on who has for their welfare and who has served only themselves.