Bangladesh Nationalist Party chairperson Khaleda Zia on Wednesday unveiled her Vision 2030, a forerunner of her election manifesto, promising several reforms of parliamentary democracy including balancing power of the president and the prime minister, considering to introducing upper house designating opposition to important parliamentary standing committees.
The BNP chief announced her vision at Westin Hotel in the afternoon. The document was earlier approved at the party’s top policy body, the national standing committee.
She pledged to bring balance in the executive powers of the republic through appropriate constitutional amendment to put an end to all executive powers presently vested unilaterally in the hands of prime minister.
Reading out 256 point charter of vision 2030, Khaleda said as part of the reforms of the current constitutional arrangement, it will be examined if upper house of the Jatiya Sangsad may be established keeping the existing unitary character and structure of the constitution intact.
She also said the important parliamentary standing committees such as public accounts committee and public undertaking committees would be designated for opposition MPs.
Khaleda said her party would implement the vision if comes to power in an election under an election-conducive government.
She said BNP will restore the provision of referendum in the constitution to reinstate the democratic right of the people.
Khaleda Zia also promised nullification of the controversial special powers act which often used a tool for harassing opposition.
Leaders of BNP and its allies, pro-BNP professionals, foreign diplomats stationed in Dhaka among others present at the event.
Khaleda was reading out the vision till filing of the report at 5:53pm.