Khaleda Zia in press conference
Balance will be brought in executive power through essential amendment: Khaleda
BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia on Wednesday said her party wants to bring a balance in Prime Minister's executive power through a constitutional amendment if returns to power.
Mentioning that the existing constitutional order makes all the executive powers of the republic unilaterally in the hands of the Prime Minister, she claimed this system is completely inconsistent with the recognized form of parliamentary system.
"Experience of the recent time made the country's people to deeply realize that the monolithic executive authority of the Prime Minister has made an authoritarian dictatorship with a parliamentary facade. In order to bring an end to this situation, the executive power of the republic shall be balanced through suitable constitutional amendment," said the BNP chief.
As part of the reforms of the constitutional arrangement, she said, it will be examined whether an upper house of the Jatiya Sangsad can be set up keeping the existing unitary character and structure of the constitution intact.
Khaleda made the comments while unveiling her party's 256-point Vision-2030 at a crowded press conference at Westin Hotel in Gulshan of the capital.
The BNP chief said her party wants to make a happy, prosperous, modern and self-respecting nation.
"BNP firmly believes that people should be there at the central stage of all national development.
BNP has complied Vision 2030 to achieve the objectives of making Bangladesh a happy, prosperous, modern and self-respecting nation through uprooting the obstacles that thwart people's genius efforts into enthusiasm and initiative," she added.
Khaleda further said, "BNP aims to build a tolerant human, peace-loving, people's welfare-oriented, social and economic justice-driven democratic and prosperous society ensuring participatory role of people belonging to all faiths, ethnic nationalities and upholding their thoughts, hopes and aspirations."
She said her party is committed to building a liberal democratic society wherein freedom of expression and rights of citizens upholding national interest shall be protected.
She promised that her party will repeal the Special Powers Act-1974.
Khaleda said BNP wants to bring an end to political and social divisions in the country by uniting the spirit of Bangladeshi nationalism.
Khaleda placed the Vision 2030 as forerunner of her party's electoral manifesto for the next parliament election scheduled to be held in 2019.
She said BNP will restore the provision of referendum in the Constitution “to reinstate the democratic right of the people”.