October 30, 1972
GENERAL DISCUSSION CONCLUDES
Winding up the general debate on the Constitution Bill in the Gono Parishad today, Dr Kamal Hossain, minister for law and parliamentary affairs, answers critics with a scholarly exposition of the draft constitution — its contents and philosophy. His principal contention is that the parliament is supreme, and a parliament democratically elected by a politically conscious people cannot be relegated to any other organ, not even judiciary. He denies that the commitment to socialism has not been spelt out in the draft constitution. He says that Articles 10, 13, 14,15 and others have clearly defined the responsibility of the state for securing various economic rights of the citizens.
BANGABANDHU’S MESSAGE TO TITO CONVEYED
President of Yugoslavia Josip Broz Tito receives Bangladesh Foreign Minister Abdus Samad Azad today. They have a friendly talk and Abdus Samad conveys to President Tito a personal message of Prime Minister Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.
BANGLADESH ENTERS COLOMBO PLAN
The official committee of the Colombo Plan Consultative Committee today brushes aside an objection raised by South Vietnam and seats Bangladesh as an observer to the meeting. The question of Bangladesh’s full membership would be placed before the Consultative Committee in November, 1972.
BHASHANI’S PARTY WILL CONTEST ELECTIONS
NAP Chief Maulana Bhashani announces in a press conference today that his party will contest the next general elections and set candidates in all the seats. He urges the government to ensure free and fair elections and demands equal opportunity for projecting the views of the opposition parties in radio and television. He further says that he is opposed to any election alliance with any other party. He, however, adds that if his party decides to enter into alliance with any party, he would have no objection.
Bhashani also says his party would not accept the constitution to be passed by the present Gono Parishad. He states that Awami League has no right to give the country a constitution as the MCAs were elected under the Legal Framework Order ( LFO) promulgated by the then Pakistan Government.
SOURCES: October 31, 1972 issues of Bangladesh Observer, Dainik Bangla and Dainik Ittefaq.