The ruling Awami League leaders have rejected outright BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia’s proposal for forming a polls-time cabinet with 10 advisers from two previous caretaker governments.
Meanwhile, the AL has decided to respond to the offer after evaluation.
In her immediate reaction, AL Presidium member Matia Chowdhury described it as an “old theory presented in a new way”.
While giving her observation about the speech of Khaleda, she said: “It seems she does not want to follow the constitution.”
Talking to The Daily Star, Matia, also the agriculture minister, said, “It has been clear from her speech that she is totally unwilling to abide by the constitution.”
AL Joint General Secretary Mahbubul Alam Hanif in his reaction said it is “very surprising”.
He said Khaleda had levelled allegations against the then caretaker government and termed its advisers “controversial” after the 1996 election. She had also accused the advisers of BNP’s defeat in the election in a planned way.
“Why does she want to make the next election controversial by involving the controversial people?” Hanif posed a question to the opposition leader.
He said it is not acceptable to the nation and expressed his hope that the opposition would come forward positively by responding to the proposal the prime minister presented in her address to the nation on October 18.
Through discussions, the AL leader said, it is possible to reach a consensus in line with the constitution.
He aid AL General Secretary Syed Ashraful Islam would hold a press conference on Monday to present the party’s formal reaction to Khaleda’s proposal.