Govt should be more liberal
The government side should be more liberal in appointing a deputy speaker nominated by the opposition bench and distributing seats in Jatiya Sangsad, said former adviser to a caretaker government Akbar Ali Khan yesterday.
The new government should distribute seats among the opposition parties not based on their proportion of won seats but on generosity of the government as the Awami League has already won a large mandate, Khan said.
"You need an open mind if you really want to be broad," Khan said.
Khan, also chairman of the Regulatory Reforms Commission (RRC), said this at a press briefing after holding the 11th commission meeting of the RCC at its office in Dhaka.
The RCC made four recommendations to the government yesterday.
There is still a chance to resolve the issue of appointing the deputy speaker from the opposition by using different mechanisms, Khan said.
He said the government can appoint a second deputy speaker from the opposition with the same power and rank of the current deputy speaker or it can remove the present deputy speaker to appoint a new one.
"If two deputy speakers are appointed in parliament, one can work one month and the other can continue from the next month…in turns," Khan said.
"The government and opposition party should continue dialogue, which is very important for making the parliament really effective…behind the scene, not in public. If such decisions are made public before implementation, the initiatives do not work," he said.
"I hope the incumbent government will continue its generosity, which they have already shown, for the greater interest of the nation," he said.
Replying to a query from a newsman, Khan said, "The government and the opposition parties have already reached consensus about one issue--brining an impeachment bill against the president for his speech in parliament."
He said it is too early to comment on the effectiveness of the parliament. "Please do not see everything from a negative point of view," Khan said.