BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia has proposed a new formula for forming a polls-time government.
She suggested choosing a “most acceptable person” as chief of the interim government and wanted 10 advisers picked from previous 1996 and 2001 caretaker governments.
Addressing a crowded press conference at Hotel Westin in the capital’s
Gulshan Monday afternoon, she elaborated that the ruling Awami League and the opposition each will suggest five of the advisers.
She called upon the prime minister to accept the proposal and take initiative as early as possible.
The former prime minister said if necessary, the parliament can elect “the selected advisers” in the way the House elects lawmakers to the reserved seats for the women.
Referring to Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s October 18 address to the nation, Khaleda said the premier had disappointed people.
She said people had expected her statement about a non-party election-time government and the head of the administration.
She promised not to take any action against the people who have harassed her family.
“I am aware that just doing lip service will not be enough. People of Bangladesh have heard the promise of change in the past as well. That is why today I want to initiate that change by saying something very emphatically. I announce in unequivocal terms that I forgive those who in the past have unfairly treated me and my family and have made personal attacks and continue to do so.” She pledged to introduce a new dimension in the politics.
“We shall not take any vengeful steps against them even if we form the government in future. I assure you that I will look ahead focus on the business of providing a brighter and more secure future for Bangladesh. I do not have time and will not spend time focusing on the past and on retaliation,” she said.
“I hope we can all work together to build a prosperous, peaceful and secure homeland for the future generation. I welcome the ideas and the participation of all those who have in the past been against me,” she said adding they would take such policies which would ensure sustainable development.
The BNP chief called upon people to get united to “save the democracy and win the freedom from the autocratic government”.