BNP Warns Against 1972 Constitution
Sunday, 18 July 2010

The main opposition BNP has threatened to launch a mass movement unless the ruling party stops its move to reinstate the 1972 constitution.

Concerning the prime minster's call to form an all-party parliamentary committee to amend the constitution, BNP secretary general Khandaker Delwar Hossain on Saturday said, "It is nothing but an ill-motive."

"Move away from restoring the 1972 constitution. Otherwise you'll have to face the people and lose power," he threatened while addressing a procession at Muktangan.

Jatiyatabadi Shechhasebok Dal organised the meeting demanding release of the BNP leaders including Mirza Abbas, Shahiduddin Chowdhury Annie and ward councilor Chowdhury Alam.

Prime minister Sheikh Hasina on Friday said that initiatives were underway to amend the constitution in light of the High Court verdict over Fifth Amendment to the constitution. "An all-party parliamentary committee will be formed soon to this end. The committee will decide how to amend the constitution," she said.

At an immediate reaction from his party, Delwar said, "Stop to return to the 1972 constitution. The country is moving forward. Here is no scope to go back."

He also claimed that the Awami League parliamentarians were present during the Fifth Amendment. "We cannot accept if you speak otherwise now."

The senior BNP leader also termed formation of the committee as an 'eye-wash' only, adding that "the government also formed such a committee on Tipaimukh dam. People know what the committee did later."

BNP standing committee member MK Anwar, joint secretary general Aman Ullah Aman were also present in the meeting among others.


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