BNP has discussed the ‘Tarika’ of bicameral legislature in Sylhet. Apart from the organizational structure of the party, the leaders of different classes and professions spoke in this exchange meeting organized by BNP’s media cell.
The title of the exchange meeting held at an elite hotel in Sylhet city on Friday evening was ‘A free, impartial, post-election national government and a bicameral parliament are essential to build a responsible state.
It is said that besides the existing parliamentary system, a bicameral legislature with experienced academicians, professionals, political scientists, sociologists and people with administrative experience is the need of the hour for the purpose of managing the state with the combination of experts and knowledge. Bicameral legislatures are practiced in most of the developed and followed democracies of the world.
Speakers outside the party said in a review of such a proposal, there is doubt as to how effective or beneficial the bicameral ‘solution’ will be in a case where it cannot be properly implemented.
Member Secretary of BNP Media Cell and former Member of Parliament Shahid Uddin Chowdhury presented the keynote speech in the event presided over by BNP media cell convener and former MP Zahir Uddin Swapan and moderated by member and former member of Parliament Shammi Akter.
Mayor of Sylhet City Corporation Ariful Haque Chowdhury, Member of BNP Media Cell Barrister Rumin Farhana MP, Former President of Sylhet District Lawyers Association and former PP Advocate Emad Ullah Mohammad Shahidul Islam Shaheen, President of Sujan Sylhet Chapter Farooq Mahmud Chowdhury, Media Cell of BNP spoke at the exchange meeting. Member Barrister Rumin Farhana MP, Central Vice President of DAB. Shamimur Rahman, convenor of Shabir Sadadal Teachers Council, Professor Dr. Sajedul Karim, Central Vice President of Utab and teacher engineer of Shabir Dr. Mohammad Iqbal.
Professor Siddiqul Islam of Sylhet Agricultural University, former president of Sylhet District Bar Advocate ATM Faiz, presidium member and Sylhet district president Advocate Ansar Khan, BFUZ (Partial) President Quader Gani Chowdhury, DAB Central Vice President Dr. Shamimur Rahman, former professor of Sylhet MAG Osmani Medical College Hospital. Shibbir Ahmed Shibli, Sylhet Agricultural University Professor Mozammel Haque, Advocate Ashiq Uddin, Advocate Abul Fazal and Saleh Ahmad Khosru.
BNP media cell convenor Zahir Uddin said in his speech that there is no democracy, freedom of speech and voting rights in the country. Therefore, this exchange of views is outside BNP political and organizational activities. The way votes were stolen in the last two parliamentary elections. Now there is no alternative to neutral government during elections. No fair election is possible under Sheikh Hasina.
He said that for establishing a national government with all the parties, acting chairman of the party Tariq Rahman has given a outline of a bicameral parliament. In this, people from all over the country, including representatives of the civil society, should be involved with it.
In the keynote speech of the exchange meeting, member secretary of media cell and former member of parliament Shahid Uddin Chowdhury said that it has been proved again and again that an impartial election is not possible under the party government. So a free, fair and acceptable election under an impartial authority is the need of the hour to get rid of the present illegal occupiers.
BNP media cell member Barrister Rumin Farhana MP said, a politician thinks about elections and a successful statesman thinks. Acting Chairman of BNP Tariq Rahman is thinking about where he will take the country after the next 100 years. But it is unfortunate for Tariq Rahman that he has to deal politically with a fascist government like Awami League.
Quader Gani Chowdhury, president of Bangladesh Federal Union of Journalists (Ekangsh), said that in 2018, day voting was held at night, which is recognized by the world. A power-hungry government has led the country to dysfunction. The ICT Act is now a major obstacle to freedom of speech. The controversial Section 57 of the ICT Act to suppress journalists would not have been possible if the country had a bicameral parliament. By legitimizing quick rentals, looting has been legitimized.
Former President of Sylhet District Lawyers Association and former PP Advocate Emdad Ullah Mohammad Shahidul Islam Shaheen said that a bicameral parliamentary system is being sought in the constitution of the country! The constitution of Bangladesh has been amended 17 times so far to maintain balance. The Constitution has made the judiciary independent of the Supreme Court. But what is the state of the judiciary today? Election Commission, Human Rights Commission is not working properly. This is the main national crisis for transfer of power and fair elections.
He said, even though they introduced a bicameral parliamentary system in India, they could not fully implement it.
President of Sylhet Farooq Mahmud Chowdhury said that Sonia Gandhi could have become the Prime Minister of India but Manmohan Singh was made the Prime Minister. We need to get out of patriarchy. Four mayors were given status, but the mayor of Sylhet was not given status. But BNP is silent!
BNP Chairperson’s advisor Khandaker Abdul Muktadir and Dr. were present at the event. Enamul Haque Chowdhury, Sylhet District BNP President Abdul Qayyum Chowdhury, Sylhet Metropolitan BNP Convener Abdul Qayyum Jalali Panki, Sylhet District BNP General Secretary Advocate Emran Ahmad Chowdhury, Sylhet District BNP Organizing Secretary Shamim Ahmad and others.