President Professor Dr Iajuddin Ahmed Saturday proposed to conduct the coming national elections under his own supervision, but the Awami League-led opposition alliance disagreed with the suggestion.
The President was learnt to have made the proposal during his meeting with BNP secretary general Abdul Mannan Bhuiyan and Awami League general secretary Abdul Jalil at Bangabhaban in a last-ditch effort to resolve the disputes over the formation of caretaker government.
Article 58C (6) of the Bangladesh Constitution prescribes that the President shall assume the functions of the Chief Advisor of the nonparty caretaker government in addition to his own functions, if all the five other options for appointing the Chief Advisor get exhausted.
Talking to journalists, Awami League chief Sheikh Hasina hoped the President would act in accordance with the Constitution in breaking the deadlock, which generated violence across the country. She said it was not President’s responsibility to take up this responsibilty. She demanded he should instead appoint a Head of the Caretaker government under constitutional provisions.
President Iajuddin Ahmed said he would meet with political party leaders on Sunday to discuss who would lead Bangladesh until elections due January