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Latif's Parliament membership declared vacant

Update : 03 Sep 2015, 01:24 PM

The Parliament membership of former minister Abdul Latif Siddique has been declared vacant following his submission of resignation.

Speaker of the Parliament Dr Shirin Sharmin Chaudhury made the announcement Thursday, two days after the expelled Awami League leader stepped down as a lawmaker, reported our correspondent from the spot.

While tendering his resignation, Latif told the Jatiya Sangsad that he was doing this as per the will of his leader.

He entered the house after the Maghrib prayers Tuesday – the first day of the 10th parliament’s seventh session. Prime Minister and Leader of the House Sheikh Hasina was not present at the time.

When he asked whether he would read out the resignation letter, Speaker Shirin Sharmin Chaudhury said there was no need for this.

Earlier, he sent the letter to the Speaker through the parliament staff. Before that, he met the Speaker in her office around 6:30pm.

Regarding his resignation, Siddique said: “Today marks the end of me. I have no objection against anyone. I bow down to everyone and apologise. I believe in getting the love of people...My leader [Sheikh Hasina] does not want me to be a lawmaker anymore.”

Read more: Latif Siddique resigns from Jatiya Sangsad

Having finished his 14-minute speech that was full of emotions, Latif left the chamber. Before that, he shook hands with Road Transport and Bridges Minister Obaidul Quader, Religious Affairs Minister Matiur Rahman, junior energy minister Nasrul Hamid and some of his other former colleagues.

In September last year, the now-former Tangail lawmaker and then telecom minister Latif faced severe criticism from different quarters after making untoward remarks about Hajj and Tabligh Jamaat at a programme in the USA.

A number of lawsuits have been filed against him in the country for hurting religious sentiments. Later he was expelled from the Awami League and fired from the cabinet.

Recently he came out on bail after having stayed nine months in jail in several of those lawsuits.

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