Govt ‘illegal’ from tomorrow: Khaleda

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Opposition leader Khaleda Zia has claimed that the Awami League-led government will turn “illegal” from tomorrow.

Referring to her polls-time government formula, she urged Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina to respond to her proposal to break the prevailing political standoff.

Tomorrow happens to be the start of the 90-day countdown to the end of the government’s tenure.

“Your (government’s) time is over,” Khaleda said while addressing a rally of a pro-BNP teachers’ platform — Shikkhok-Karmachari Oikya Jote — at the Jatiya Press Club.

The opposition will now raise a movement to overthrow what she said “the illegal government”.

If the government tries to stop the movement, it will be responsible for the consequences, she warned.

The BNP chairperson urged the PM to take necessary steps regarding her proposal on an election-time interim government comprising advisers who served in the 1996 and 2001 caretaker governments.

“The ball is now in your court. We have proposed a formula on the polls-time government and presented it before the parliament. Now it’s your turn to catch it,” she said.

She pointed out that it was the government which asked opposition to place their proposals before the parliament, if they had any.

Explaining her proposal, the two-time former premier said: “There are still educated, qualified and neutral people in Bangladesh. So, a non-partisan government can be formed with them, which will not favour any specific party (in the election).”

She also claimed that her proposal can be materialised in line with the constitution. “It won’t be a problem if the ruling party elects them.”

“They (the elected members) will form the polls-time government and will have to leave after three months. They won’t take part in the general election,” Khaleda added.

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