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Constitutional Reforms: controversies and expectations July 29, 2010


Government is moving towards reforming the constitution and wants to go back to the 1972 constitution. In this a Constitution Reform Committee of 15 members has been formed headed by Sajeda Chowdhury, Deputy leader of the house and Suranjit Sengupta as the co-chairman of the committee.

BNP was invited to join the committee but refused to join on the plea that the committee is unconstitutional and the objectives of the committee is not clear.

In the meantime, Appellate Division of the Supreme Court has declared its verdict on the Fifth Amendment with some observations.

With this verdict, the Law Minister said that we are going back to the 1972 constitution with main principles of the state as Democracy, Secularism, Socialism and Bengali nationalism.

Reviving the 1972 constitution, Law Minister told with confidence that it will prevent any attempt to acquire power by any unconstitutional means. Dr. Jahir, an eminent Jurist said that Military will not read the constitution before they take over the power. They didn’t read it in the past.The best safeguard against the military takeover of the state power is the good governance by the elected democratic government, opines popular columnist Syed Abul Maksud.

But what about the 4th amendment-is it still existing, Dr. Mahbub ullah, a Professor of Dhaka University asked in a talk show.

Law Minister also said that with the revival of 1972 constitution, religious based parties are automatically become unconstitutional. Professor Dr.Tofayel Ahmed , an expert on the local government said in an interview that the ban will be imposed only if the parties exploit the religion to meet their ends.

Suranjeet Sengupta has said that his committee will take into cognizance the other issues in relation to the constitution and will try to correct them.

An ordinary citizen

Link: Bangladesh Constitution

Verdict on the Fifth Amendment


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