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15th Amendment: Dramatic Changes, Sharp Criticism July 23, 2011

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On June 30, 2011 Bangladesh Parliament passed the 15th amendment of the constitution. The amendment made some dramatic changes in the constitution that includes abolition of the caretaker government, setting some unchangeable clause in the constition, dropping of the people’s mandate on any national issues and barring the critism of the constitution.

Though the attentiin of the politicians was more focused on the caretaker govt issue but the other issues are not less important. Gradually Gradually the legal experts and citizen groups are expressing their voice on these issues.

Government shows unnesessary haste in passing the the bill in reference to a supreme court judgment which is not yet fully published and which was not also fully followed in the bill. The haste also create confusion and inconfidence on the intention of the government move.

The citizen groups opined that the country didn’t yet gain the political maturity to conduct the national election neutrally without Govt interference and confrontation.

Whille politicians are engaged in bitter debate on caretaker issue, the legal exerts focused also on other debatable aspects of the amendment.

Shahdin Malik, a senior jurist said that he cried when he had gone through the amendment. He added govt has murred an otherwise good constitution by adding some unacceptable clauses. Dr. Kamal Hussain, one of the author of our first constitution in 1972 , said people have been disowned of the constitution but a democratic government can’t do this. He urged the people to form a people’s commission to resist the govt move to distort the constitution.

The actions and reactions related to the 15th amendment of the constitution will determine the future political course of Bangladesh.

An ordinary citizen


Salient features of 15th amendment: Daily Star
Caretaker system abolished
‘Despicable offence’ committed
self-defeating amendment

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