Hasina Against Banning Political Party'
Friday, 23 July 2010

Prime minister Sheikh Hasina is personally averse to the idea of banning any political party, MPs of her Awami League said.

"I am not in favour of banning any political party," she reportedly told the MPs on Thursday when they suggested that the Election Commission should consider the issue.

More than one MPs confirmed bdnews24.com of her view on the issue at an emergency meeting of Awami League Parliamentary Party at the parliament complex in the evening.

The lawmakers, preferring not to be named, said that they also agreed not to delete 'Bismillahir Rahmani Rahim' from the constitution.

Hasina also reportedly said that no amendment to the constitution will be made hurting religious sentiment.

The opposition BNP has been saying that Bismillahir Rahmanir Rahim will be deleted from the constitution after the ruling party initiated to amend the constitution.

Government policy-makers, however, repeatedly rebuffed the allegation.

Several religion-based political parties including Jamaat-e-Islami have been threatening to take to the street following demands from the government supporters including the junior minister for law to ban such parties.

Jamaat fears it may be banned constitutionally if the High Court ruling that reinstated secularism as one of the four key pillars of the constitution is implemented.

Source: bdnews24.com

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