'Follow Democratic Path'
Saturday, 20 November 2010

Ruling Awami League general secretary Syed Ashraful Islam has once again challenged the opposition BNP to translate its veiled threat into some concrete action.

Syed Ashraf issued the challenge when briefing television reporters after inspecting the construction work of Gulistan-Jatrabari flyover on Friday.

At the same time, Asharf also reiterated his earlier call for the main opposition to bring a no-confidence motion against the government in parliament.

That, of course, is a remote possibility given the fact that the BNP has just 35 members in the 345=seat parliament, which is way short of the two-thirds majority required to unseat a government through no-confidence motion.

Asharf, who is also the local government, rural development and cooperatives minister, said there are only two democratic paths to unseat the government—through election and no-confidence motion.

"The government won't hang on to power for a minute longer if the no-confidence motion passes."

If that is not what they can do, he said, "then they should wait till the next elections and then vote the AL out of power."

"There are no other legal ways to oust the government," he added.

The Awami League general secretary had thrown a similar challenge at the BNP on Nov 2 in response to his BNP counterpart Khandker Delwar Hossain's call for early elections.

Ashraf had said that the main opposition's no-confidence motion would have to succeed first. Resorting to any other means would be nothing but unconstitutional. It would also be conspiratorial, said Ashraf. "People have given us a 5-year mandate. And we will not stay in power a day longer."

The Awami League leader urged the opposition not to disrupt law and order in the name of anti-government campaign.

Referring to the 'all-out' movement that the BNP has already announced, Ashraf said they acknowledged the democratic right of protest, but that doesn't allow them to take the law in their own hands.

"It's a democratic right of any political party to protest. And we will respect their rights. But no one would be allowed to take the law in their own hands."

He also spoke about overhauling the city corporation before holding the polls, which are three years behind schedule. "We are planning structural changes to the Dhaka City Corporation. We need to amend the existing legislation."

Ashraf said that government would place a draft in the upcoming session. "Once the law is passed, the hurdle to DCC polls will be removed."

Source: bdnews24.com

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