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THE efforts to free the local government bodies from political control might go in vain as provisions in the ordinances concerned requiring the public representatives-elect to resign from their party positions before taking oath are likely to be dropped, Shakhawat Liton writes in The Daily Star.

The immediate past caretaker government had three ordinances proclaimed to define formation and functions of city corporations, municipalities and upazila parishads, repealing the local government laws in force then.

Like the other ordinances, the three were placed before the House on January 25. They must be ratified within constitution-stipulated 30 days since their placement, or else they will cease to be effective on February 24.

The special committee of the Jatiya Sangsad on Sunday selected two of the three ordinances — Local Government (city corporation) and Local Government (municipality) ordinances– for ratification. But it did not recommend the other — Local Government (upazila parishad) ordinance — for ratification.


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