Published:  12:49 AM, 09 November 2018

Minister on election-time government

Finance Minister A.M.A. Muhith has held out the possibility of an election-time government coming into existence today. We are not quite sure on what factor the minister has based his statement, but the country will wait to see the nature of the government that is expected to be in office between now and the general elections.

The minister has also discounted the possibility of any new faces coming into the election-time government, which conveys the impression of the government comprising many, if not all, of the ministers serving in the present government. To what extent such a government is received by the electorate remains to be seen.

The opposition has of late been demanding an election-time government according to its own formula. A number of consultations have already taken place between the government and the various groups of the opposition. Apparently not much of progress has been made despite the cordial manner in which the talks have taken place. The government has made it clear that it cannot go beyond the constitution, which is just as well.

And the opposition has stated its resolve to go for a movement if its demands are not accepted by the government. Clearly it is a difficult situation. And once the Election Commission announces the polls schedule, a good deal more of intensity will come into the situation.

We will keep fingers crossed. 

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