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GM Quader: Balance not preserved in present Parliament

  • He expressed concerns over distribution of seats
  • 75% of parliament belongs to govt party
Update : 30 Jan 2024, 06:52 PM

Gholam Mohammad Quader, the opposition leader of the Jatiya Sangsad, said that the current parliament lacks balance when considering the number of parliamentarians. 

These remarks were made by Jatiya Party Chairman GM Quader while expressing gratitude to the new Speaker Dr Shirin Sharmin Choudhury during the first day of the 12th national parliamentary session on Tuesday.

He expressed concerns over the distribution of seats, highlighting that approximately 75% of the parliament belongs to the government party, with a minimal percentage allocated to the opposition. 

Quader said: "This imbalance poses challenges for the parliament to effectively fulfil its duties and represent the nation adequately."

Quader, drawing from his experience as a Member of Parliament since 1996, expressed hope that Speaker Shirin Sharmin Chowdhury would maintain a neutral role in Parliament.

He emphasized the need for equal representation and balance between the government party and the opposition, both in terms of the number of seats and active participation in parliamentary activities. 

He added: "The original intent was to create a parliament where both sides would be equal, fostering an environment of healthy debate and decision-making in favour of the people."

Referring to the results of the 12th national parliamentary election, Quader pointed out the disproportionate distribution of seats, where the government party dominates the majority, independent members align closely with the government, and only a small percentage represents the opposition. 

He expressed concerns about the effectiveness of the parliament in representing the entire nation with such an imbalance.

Quader concluded by making some demands to guide the Parliament towards a more effective role. 

He stressed the importance of providing opportunities for the opposition to voice their opinions in parliament and urged efforts to reduce the imbalance in parliamentary activities for a more effective and representative functioning.

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