Speaker warns BNP about ‘un-parliamentary’ words
Kamran Reza Chowdhury

She says both the treasury and opposition benches suggested turning off microphones in such cases

  • Speaker Shirin Sharmin Chaudhury 
    Photo- Dhaka Tribune

Hours after assuring the speaker of behaving according to parliamentary rules, some of the opposition MPs on Sunday showed un-parliamentary behaviour and used indecent words in the assembly.

Around 20 MPs belonging to the Bangladesh Nationalist Party and Bangladesh Jamaat-e-Islami met Speaker Shirin Sharmin Chaudhury before Sunday’s parliament session and assured her that they would not use un-parliamentary words in the House.

Moudud Ahmed, the de facto deputy leader of the opposition, led the BNP delegation ahead of the parliamentary sitting that started around 3:15 pm.

Former speaker Muhammad Jamiruddin Sircar, MK Anwar and other senior MPs were in the team.

But the scenario changed as the House started its day’s activities.

Rehana Akter Ranu, a BNP MP, while discussing the Children Bill-2013, shouted at the top of her voice at the ruling party MPs to “stop.”

Syeda Asifa Ashrafi Papia in her speech on the same bill termed Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina “murderers.”

Another BNP MP Golam Mostofa in his speech frequently used the term “biggest thieves” to describe the ruling Awami League.

According to Bangladesh parliamentary practices, the words are un-parliamentary.

Jamaat lawmaker ANM Shamsul Islam, who had also met the speaker before the session, criticised the International Crimes Tribunal in his budget speech.

“This trial is politically motivated. I demand scrapping of the so-called tribunal,” he said.

The attending BNP MPs encouraged Shamsul Islam during this speech. His comments created a stir in the House.

“According to rule 270 of the Rules of Procedure, he cannot talk on the trial of the war criminals. I want the un-parliamentary words to be expunged from the proceedings,” said Sheikh Fazlul Karim Selim of the Awami League.

The speaker then gave opposition lawmaker AM Mahbub Uddin Khokon the floor, who claimed that a Hindu Chatra League activist had burnt the Qur’an during Hefazat-e-Islam’s Dhaka rally.

The debate came to an end as Speaker Shirin Sharmin Chaudhury gave floor to Shipping Minister Shajahan Khan to deliver his speech on the national budget.

Mahbub Ara Gini, an Awami League MP, in her speech called BNP’s Tarique Rahman a thief.

“Honourable whip ASM Feroz and Honourable MP MK Anwar have suggested that I switch off the microphone if any of the MPs utter un-parliamentary words,” the speaker told the House in her observation, adding that she did not like doing so.

She urged the MPs to follow the rule 270 of the Rules of Procedure while talking in the assembly.

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