Government Policy

Depoliticisation to diminish political parties: GM Quader

Jatiya Party Chairman GM Quader on Thursday voiced concern that political parties in Bangladesh will become signed board-sake political forces if the ongoing process of depoliticisation continues.

“Depoliticisation is going on in the politics of the country. If this continues, the political parties will turn into political forces with only names and signboards. Depoliticisation can never be good for the country and its people,” he said.

GM Quader, also the deputy opposition leader in parliament, said political parties will lose their existence if the candidates of opposition parties cannot sustain in the election race.

He made the remarks while speaking at a programme at Jatiya Party chairman’s Banani office.

According to the constitution and democratic norms, the Jatiya Party chief said, people’s representatives will be elected and the government will be changed through elections.

“But under the pressure of the government and the administration, political parties are losing supporters. The people of the country are also losing interest in voting.

Multiparty democracy can’t prosper amid such a situation,” he observed.

GM Quader said the Election Commission (EC) will never be able to function properly if the government exercises power in parallel with the EC during the polls. “So, there’s no alternative to formulating a law for the formation of the Election Commission.”

He also said the caretaker government system is not a complete or long-time solution for holding free, fair and credible elections. “In order to find a permanent solution for the formation of the Election Commission, it’s necessary to enact a law in the light of the constitution.”

As per the constitution, the Jatiya Party chairman said all the divisions and departments of the country will remain under the Election Commission during the polls. “People’s right to vote will be ensured, if the Election Commission is formed with neutral persons as per a law.”

Source: United News of Bangladesh