Opposition Movement and Insertion of Undemocratic Provisions in the Constitution of the People’s Republic of Bangladesh: A Critical Analysis.

Md. Morshedul Islam


The role of opposition is as much significant as that of treasury bench in democracy. Opposition operates a shadow government under parliamentary form of government. For the working of secularized political culture there is no alternative to the nourishment of healthy opposition. That means the existence of sound and smooth opposition is the prerequisite of democratic government. Although Bangladesh adopted westminister form of government in 1972 constitution but the governments therein from the birth of Bangladesh termed the opposition as bottleneck and threat to their peaceful governance. Awami League government from 1972 to 1975 brought several amendments to the 1972 Bangladesh Constitution for the suppression of opposition so that her freestyle rule remained unchecked. This article reveals why and under what circumstances government inserted 2nd Amendment in the Constitution of the People’s Republic of Bangladesh to arrest opposition voice in the name of democracy.

Keywords: Democracy, Democratic government, Opposition, Opposition movement, Bangladesh Constitution, Amendment.

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