High Court has ordered Election Commission (EC) to reject BNP’s ‘Reformed Constitution’. A High Court revision bench consists of Justice Md. Ashfaqul Islam and Justice Mohammad Ali declared this verdict on 31st October (Wednesday). High Court instructed EC to resolve this issue within 30 days of the verdict. High Court decided this verdict when a person named Mojammel Hossain submitted his writ.
Before this, BNP submitted their reformed constitution to the Election Commission. They omitted one article from their constitution because they thought that their party might get rejection for that. Nazrul Islam and two other members of the Standing Committee of BNP submitted their constitution to the Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) Nurul Huda.
A BNP leader who was reluctant to reveal his name said, “Mainly one article was excluded because we thought that, it might cause a problem inside the party and therefore constitution was reformed and submitted to Election Commission.”
Source informed, article number 7 (d) of BNP’s constitution stated that, “Corrupted and notorious people on the society” will be ineligible to be a member of BNP and participating on the parliamentary election from BNP is prohibited for that person.
Some senior leaders of BNP informed that they know that few government supporting individuals will try to break BNP. They might strike harder after the verdict of Zia Orphanage Trust corruption case. So if Begum Khaleda Zia gets the punishment from the court then that article can be used against BNP. Thus they omitted article number 7 from their party’s constitution.
BNP celebrated their 6th National Assembly on 19th March 2016. They proposed for some amendment on their constitution on that assembly. Previous constitution contained article number 7 (d) on their constitution. They did not submit their constitution to EC for a long time. For this reason EC sent letters to them number of times. Then after 1 year 10 months they omitted that article and submitted their constitution.
Article 7 under the headline ‘Ineligibility of the committee members’ stated that, “Following categories of individuals are ineligible to be member of national council, member of executive committee, member of national standing committee, member of the party to participate on the parliamentary election or member of any kind of committee.” These categories are; (a) the person who has sentenced by the president’s order number 8 of 1972, (b) bankrupted individual, (c) mentally insane individual, (d) corrupt and notorious individual in the society.
But article 3 of the constitution remained unchanged. This part described ‘eligibility of being a member’ and ‘ineligibility of being a member’. This part described that; an individual who is not a citizen of Bangladesh cannot be a member of BNP. It also includes categories like, individual who is against the sovereignty of Bangladesh, secretly believes in military coup, directly or indirectly involved with social vandalism. These categories will be disallowed to be a member of the party.
Meanwhile, BNP submitted their reformed constitution prior to 10 days of the verdict of Zia Orphanage Trust corruption case. Political analysts opined that, they corrected their constitution so that Khaleda Zia and Tarique Rahman can stay as their leader even though they get punishment by the court for corruption.