Saifur for end to 'dynastic' politics |
Acknowledges 4-party govt's 'mistakes'
Senior BNP leader M Saifur Rahman yesterday called for an end to 'dynastic' politics and said a number of mistakes committed by the last BNP-led four-party government brought on the present situation.
During an interview on private television channel ntv, the former finance and planning minister said the extension of the judges' retirement age and the appointment of the president as the head of the caretaker government were the reasons which brought on the present situation.
"There should be an immediate end to family-centric politics," Saifur said.
He said the extension of the judges' retirement age put the elections under question and this decision started a chain of events that led to the current situation. "Making President Iajuddin Ahmed the head of the caretaker government was another reason," he said, adding, "A number of us in the BNP Standing Committee had opposed this move."
"We asked why should the president be made the head of the caretaker government, why can not Justice Mahmudul Amin Chowdhury become caretaker chief?" he said.
He said the current situation could have been avoided if these decisions were not made.
Saifur also criticised BNP Secretary General Abdul Mannan Bhuiyan for not giving "proper" guidance to the party and for not staying in touch with BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia.
He criticised Khaleda's younger brother Major (retd) Saeed Iskandar's appointment as BNP vice-president.
He said, "I am with BNP, it would be good if a new party is formed." He, however, said he would not participate in any future parliamentary elections.
Earlier, Dhaka City Corporation Mayor Sadeque Hossain Khoka had suggested reducing his party chairperson's power to take unilateral decisions. Khoka had also identified extension of the judges' retirement age and BNP leaders' interference in Prof Iajuddin Ahmed's government as main reasons for the current situation.