Dhaka, Jan 24: Information and Broadcasting Minister Dr Hasan Mahmud on Monday said BNP will remain happy if only Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir is given the responsibility of forming the Election Commission, otherwise they won’t be happy.
“In our constitution, it is mentioned that the Election Commission will be formed through a law. But the law was not enacted even in the last 50 years. During the Presidential dialogues with different political parties, many suggested for enactment of a law,” he told reporters at the meeting room of his ministry at Secretariat here.
The minister said BNP didn’t take part in the Presidential dialogue. But, they (BNP) claimed at different political meetings, rallies and talk shows that it doesn’t take long to form a law, said Hasan, also Awami League joint general secretary.
He said BNP also claimed that many things were happened in the country in the terms of need of the state and the law (EC law) is also needed for the state. For this, they (BNP) demanded to form the law, he added.
“But, now they are opposing when an initiative has been taken to form the law. But the law is not enacted till now. Proposal has been raised in the parliament and it has been taken to the parliamentary standing committee. After the meeting, the law minister and parliamentary standing committee chairman briefed. Representatives of BNP also briefed. And the parliamentary committee has said that many proposals of amendment of them (BNP) were accepted which means the law is being enacted following the whole process with everyone,” said Hasan.
The minister said in fact BNP wants to create a muddle situation across the country. BNP would not remain happy in anything, he added.
He said “BNP will remain happy if only Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir is given the responsibility of forming the Election Commission. Otherwise, there is no sign of happiness among them.”
Replying to a query over the statements of Badiul Alam Majumder as the representative of civic society, Hasan said a team of the civil society including Badiul Alam and Shahdin Malik met with the law minister and demanded to form a law in this regard. They even handed over an outline and suggested to form the law through the Ordinance of the President, he added.
But now, the minister said they (civil society) have claimed, in an online meeting, that it is not appropriate to form the law in a hurry. They are now talking against the initiative, he said, adding “So what is their purpose? Now it is clear that they are also becoming a game of politics.”
Replying to another query about the students’ movement of Shahjalal University, he said, “The university students are like our children. We also carried out movements for various demands during our student life in the university. We also staged sit-in strike in front of VC’s residence. But we never cut the power supply. But today we heard that they (students) are not allowing water and food for VC. Prisoners also get food and water. It is not a part of a movement of cutting power lines or others.”
Hasan urged the students as none can use them as a game of politics. He hoped that a logical solution would be held.