Constitution copy will be a handwritten document

October 24, 1972        


The original copy of the constitution of the People’s Republic of Bangladesh will be a handwritten document and will bear the signatures of all members of the Constituent Assembly. Five artists under the guidance of renowned painter Zainul Abedin are at present busy making designs and preparing the lay-out for the sacred documents at the Assembly building. The original handwritten constitution will be printed in offset. Besides, the constitution will be printed in usual form. The original document will be preserved in the national museum.


Suranjit Sengupta of the National Awami Party, the lone opposition member in the Gono Parishad (Constituent Assembly) says today that the draft constitution has miserably failed to reflect the four fundamental principles of the state policy — nationalism, democracy, socialism and secularism. He alleges that the constitution does not guarantee any of the rights of the people, demands for which came to the fore during the Liberation War, such as a people-oriented education system, revolutionary land reform, right to livelihood and medical care. He voices the demand for eliciting public opinion on the draft constitution.


The Bangladesh cabinet meets for nearly three hours under the chairmanship of Prime Minister Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman at the Gono Bhaban today. This is the first cabinet meeting after the draft constitution has been placed before the Constituent Assembly for adoption.


Ataur Rahman Khan, chief of the Bangladesh National League, calls on Bangabandhu at the Gono Bhaban today. Discussions on various matters are held between the two for about an hour. Coming out from the meeting Atuaur Rahman, who returned to the country after prolonged treatment in London only the other day, tells newsmen that there is no possibility of his joining Awami League. He says he has his own political party and would prefer its leadership to joining any other party.

SOURCES: October 25, 1972 issues of Bangladesh Observer, Dainik Bangla and Dainik Ittefaq.

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