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Moudud hails verdict on Ershad's rule

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Staff Correspondent

BNP standing committee member Moudud Ahmed yesterday said the seventh amendment to the constitution was made to reinstate democracy bringing an end to military rule.
Gayeshwar Chandra Roy, another member of the standing committee, said issues like amendments to the constitution should be resolved in parliament rather than in the court.
The two leaders were talking to reporters about the High Court verdict on the seventh amendment to the constitution.
The HC on Thursday declared illegal the constitutional amendment that had legitimised the military rule of HM Ershad.
Earlier the court declared the fifth amendment of the constitution illegal but the main opposition BNP did not react to it. It had legitimised all successive governments following the coup of August 15, 1975 till April 9, 1979, including late president Ziaur Rahman's rule.
BNP leaders said the party will formally react to the cancellation of the fifth and seventh amendments later.
Moudud, once a close aide to Ershad, said the HC verdict on the seventh amendment came in line with that on the fifth amendment.
“Now is a challenge for the government as to how the court verdict on the constitutional amendments would be implemented and it is also important how the parliamentary special committee considers this verdict,” Moudud said while talking to reporters at his Gulshan residence.

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