BNP now Jamaat's 'B Team': Muhithbdnews24.com / New Age Online
Bangladesh Nationalist Party, the main opposition party of Bangladesh, is being guided by its ally the Jamaat-e-Islami, Finance Minister AMA Muhith has claimed.
‘It (the BNP) is functioning as the 'B Team' of the Jamaat. Those enlivened with the spirit of the Liberation War must unite to face the terrible time ahead,’ he said as BNP leaders back home urged its supporters to get ready for 'armed resistance' if there is any attempt to thwart their planned Oct 25 rally in Dhaka.
Muhith spoke to bdnews24.com in New York on Monday (local time) after returning from the World Bank and IMF's annual gathering.
‘Many, including the BNP, are making an array of comments and threatening (of tougher demonstrations) taking Oct 24 as the deadline.
‘It is, in fact, not a special day,’ he said with his brother AKA Momen by his side.
As per the Constitution, a general election must be held within the last 90 days of the government's tenure, in this case, between Oct 25 and Jan 24, 2014. During this period, the ruling Awami League will remain in power and Parliament will not stand dissolved.
‘The election will be held within Jan 24 (next year) and as per the Constitution, the interim government will start working 45 days before the polls and the current Cabinet will be dissolved,’ said the minister.
Muhith said the interim government will not have any technocrat ministers.
Both the Awami League and the BNP have chosen Oct 25 as a special day to launch their election campaigns. The BNP has been opposing the idea of going to polls under the incumbent government and pressing for a non-party caretaker administration to oversee the election, a provision scrapped through the 15th constitutional amendment.
As for the BNP's threats of 'tougher agitation', Muhith said it was an 'empty thud'.
‘The BNP would certainly participate in polls if it goes by its own wisdom but from its recent activities, I suspect the Jamaat and (its student front) Shibir was guiding the BNP,’ he said.
Muhith claimed the opposition was plotting to create unrest in the country, and added the government was ready to tackle it.
As for the Grameen Bank, he said the international community was concerned over its former Managing Director Muhammad Yunus' various statements.
Yunus, who had been the microcredit institution's MD since its inception, was relieved of his duties by the Bangladesh Bank in 2011 as he had crossed the permissible age to hold the post.
The position has remained vacant since then.
A 2010 documentary accused Yunus of transferring foreign funds from one account to another without informing the donors.
The government formed a commission to probe the allegation.
Yunus had been a stern critic of the government and claimed that there were plots to destroy the Bank.
The BNP had voiced its support for Yunus and the Nobel laureate in turn backed the opposition's demand for a caretaker government.
Muhith said: ‘I have briefed various forums of the UN and the IMF about the current situation of the Grameen Bank.
‘I have succeeded in making them understand that the Grameen Bank is doing better at present. I believe the international community's unnecessary concern will be dispelled soon.’
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