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Khaleda admits 2006 'mistake'

BNP chief Khaleda Zia has finally admitted, albeit behind closed doors, that it was a mistake to back then president Iajuddin Ahmed as the chief adviser to the caretaker government in 2006.

She also went on to say that she should not have opposed then chief justice Mahmudul Amin Chowdhury becoming the chief adviser instead of Iajuddin.

She said this during a meeting of the BNP standing committee Thursday night at her Gulshan office, meeting sources claimed.

At the meeting BNP policymakers were discussing Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina's recent proposal for an interim government with a small cabinet to oversee the next parliamentary elections.

At one stage of the discussion, the former premier said backing president Iajuddin Ahmed as the chief adviser in 2006 was a bad decision. “We even opposed Justice Mahmudul Amin Chowdhury as head of the caretaker government as you [her colleagues in the standing committee] had told me he was an Awami League man. But it was wrong too,” meeting sources quoted Khaleda as saying.

“So what if he [Justice Mahmudul Amin Chowdhury] was a man of Awami League. [Justice] Latifur Rahman [former caretaker government chief] too was known as an Awami League man,” Khaleda said.

A member of the standing committee asking not to be named said the comment of the BNP chief seemed well thought out.

To The Daily Star, senior BNP leader Khandaker Mosharraf Hossain said, “We are busy on the issues related to the future.”

On October 29, 2006, president Iajuddin Ahmed assumed the office of chief adviser to the non-party caretaker government in addition to his presidential responsibilities as major political parties failed to reach a consensus on an acceptable person for the post.

Justice KM Hasan was supposed to be the chief adviser but he declined as the Awami League-led alliance had opposed the idea. Later, the name of Justice Mahmudul Amin Chowdhury and Justice Hamidul Haque came into discussion but the BNP-led alliance opposed them.

Later, then president Iajuddin Ahmed held talks with four major political parties, BNP, Awami League, Jamaat-e-Islami and Jatiya Party, to resolve the stalemate over the chief adviser issue.

After the talks, a Bangabhaban spokesman told the media that the president would give his decision as "other options for appointing the caretaker government chief from retired judges of the Supreme Court had been exhausted".

During the talks, BNP, Jamaat and Jatiya Party had informed the then president that they had reservations about Justice Mahmudul Amin Chowdhury being the chief adviser, and Bangabhaban claimed that Justice Hamidul Haque had declined the post of chief adviser.

On October 29, 2006, Iajuddin was sworn in as chief adviser, which was welcomed by Khaleda Zia and her archrival Sheikh Hasina was dejected.

After some dramatic turn of events, Iajuddin declared emergency on January 11, 2007, and stepped down from the chief adviser post, which brought an end to over four-month-long political chaos and confrontation between Awami League and BNP.

The elections, however, were held almost two years later.

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It was a right decision by president

: Sarowar

The leader of the opposition, after an apparent admission of her choice, should now spell out a model framework of a caretaker system that would be safer option for conducting all future national elections to ensure that the nation can move on. It would be perceived as a positive contribution in Bangladesh politics.

: Dr. A Kalam

Comments

  • true_talk
    Monday, August 6, 2012 04:53 AM GMT+06:00 (116 weeks ago)

    Why did she take almost four years to admit these mistakes? Who will take responsibility for the civil unrest and loss of lives due to these mistakes? Can she repay the families of the victims?

  • Khan Hasan
    Monday, August 6, 2012 05:46 AM GMT+06:00 (116 weeks ago)

    Khaleda Zia seems to be a good strategist. However, sometimes she is misled by other people. All our problems of today are because of BNP's past wrong decisions.

  • probashi
    Monday, August 6, 2012 10:16 AM GMT+06:00 (116 weeks ago)

    There is nothing wrong or shameful in accepting mistakes. Rather one should lean from his/her mistake. Hope Khaleda Zia and other politicians will take lesson from their past mistakes.

  • showkat hossain
    Monday, August 6, 2012 07:05 AM GMT+06:00 (116 weeks ago)

    We need less talk more work. We are Bangladeshi not BNP or AL.

  • Reza Chowdhury
    Monday, August 6, 2012 10:52 AM GMT+06:00 (116 weeks ago)

    Better late than never. We expect her to apologise for her sons' mideeds too.

  • asad bulbul
    Monday, August 6, 2012 08:06 AM GMT+06:00 (116 weeks ago)

    If a law is made that opposition leader would be interim govt head and the incumbent prime minister would be the head of small cabinet just for containing the daily activities and they have no authority to say something to the election commission. Election commission will run and declare the election result as per law made by parliament.

  • Mohammad Nurul Hoque(Alam), Malaysia
    Monday, August 6, 2012 08:10 AM GMT+06:00 (116 weeks ago)

    She admits now when every bad thing happened already.

  • Abdul Aziz Mir
    Monday, August 6, 2012 12:39 PM GMT+06:00 (116 weeks ago)

    Our political leaders should acknowledge their mistake not privately but in public. At least Khaleda Zia revealed her some short of enthusiasm towards the voters. Other political leaders should follow her manner.

  • khayrul Islam
    Monday, August 6, 2012 01:02 AM GMT+06:00 (116 weeks ago)

    It really sounds good that our politicians can sometimes reflect their own deeds or misdeeds.

  • Translucent
    Monday, August 6, 2012 01:07 AM GMT+06:00 (116 weeks ago)

    Hindsight is a wonderful thing! Does she want to use the same tool to look back at all the negatives and weaknesses of her previous govt?

  • Shabbir A. Bashar
    Monday, August 6, 2012 01:43 AM GMT+06:00 (116 weeks ago)

    Khaleda's mistakes started with removing President Boddrudozza and escalated with letting her sons run wild, letting one of them form an alternative cabinet ... list goes on. The only losers are the people of Bangladesh who can't seem to choose outside the two dynastic despotic dictatorships.

  • Wahid
    Monday, August 6, 2012 01:43 AM GMT+06:00 (116 weeks ago)

    It's all politics. She does not want the current President to be interim govt chief and trying to build a ground for that.

  • upfront
    Monday, August 6, 2012 02:29 AM GMT+06:00 (116 weeks ago)

    The PR work is well done by the media to make the leader of their choice clean and accountable though millions of questions remain unanswered about her faith in democracy and own leadership when she can not accept the idea of small size quality interim government power shared by the government and the opposition and oversee the election .

    The most worrying part is her total silence about her system of election government which is called non-political non partisan people running the same.

    This is just a dream in Bangladesh and not a good dream but very bad dream which would never come true but good enough to kill democracy.. Those guys are not in existence in Bangladesh. The politicians have killed them through their process of politicization from teacher to vendors and beggars too.

  • Sharif Mohammed
    Monday, August 6, 2012 02:54 AM GMT+06:00 (116 weeks ago)

    I personally know about Justice Mahmudul Amin Chowdhury,in no way he is an AL sympathizer, he is a man of principle.Madam, please be careful of persons who have given you a wrong advise,they may again do the same.As far as Justice Latifur Rahman,it was AL who were propagating that he was a AL supporter, even they said he was once a member of that party.Similarly Justice Shahbuddin is a highly respected and neutral person.

  • mms
    Monday, August 6, 2012 04:22 AM GMT+06:00 (116 weeks ago)

    It's good to see that some sort of self analysis is taking place in BNP high command. But that's hardly enough after 6 years. They need to come out as an open 'apology' to people of BD (instead of a closed door admission) who have suffered because of those 'bad decisions'. More importantly, if they are really sincere about the so called 'admission of mistake' then they should inform the public of 'concrete steps' they plan to take in order to improve their 'leadership behaviour' in the future followed by action.

    I also ardently hope that the current Govt. instead of waiting to be in the opposition to 'admit mistakes' should create an example of accepting them while in power and demonstrate corrective behaviours.

    Unfortunately, people have very little faith left on the top politicians of our country.


 

 


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