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Monday, 28 January 2008

Staff Correspondent

Former chief justice KM Hasan has said that he was 'neutrally' prepared to head the caretaker administration in 2006, but his fate put him aside.

'I was neutrally prepared for taking over as chief adviser, but fate did not allow me to do so,' he told reporters on Saturday after a national advocacy meeting to stop acid attack and rape.

This was for the first time Hasan talked to the press since he had to regret the offer to head an interim administration in late 2006 amid a serious political chaos and standoff.

The Awami League-led alliance accused Hasan of being biased towards the Bangladesh Nationalist Party and strongly opposed his take-over as head of the caretaker government.

Asked to comment about the changeovers in political landscape and the latest situation, the former chief justice said that those might have been inevitable. 'May be things changed for the better, may be they created a historical perspective…,' added Hasan.

On the performance of the present government, he said that every government committed some mistakes. 'I might have done some mistakes if I was there.

What is most important is that someone should correct mistakes as soon as possible.' He observed that the government was quickly correcting its mistakes, which, he hoped, would help it in the long run.

Hasan looked very optimistic about timely holding of the stalled parliamentary election, which was originally scheduled for January 22, 2007, as per the Election Commission roadmap.

Asked whether he believed that failure to hold general elections within a 90-day timeframe amounted to violation of constitutional provision, the former chief justice said that anyone could challenge it in the court. 'I should not comment on it.'

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