Earlier in the day, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina directed the four technocrat ministers to quit the cabinet
The four technocrat ministers of the current Cabinet – NurulIslam BSc and Matior Rahman, Yeafesh Osman and Mustafa Jabbar – haveresigned hours after Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina asked them to.
All of them rendered their resignation letters to the prime minister through the Cabinet Division on Tuesday evening, reports UNB.
Expatriates' Welfare and Overseas Employment Minister Nurul’s resignation letter was tendered by his personal secretary Abul Hasnat Humayun Kabir around 6:30pm, confirmed his assistant private secretary Niaj Morshed Niru.
Religious Affairs Minister Matior's personal secretary Anwar Hossain said he submitted the minister's resignation letter around 7:15pm.
Science and Technology Minister Yeafesh’s resignation letter was submitted by his personal assistant Ujjal Chowdhury after 6pm.
Posts, Telecommunications and Information Technology Minister Jabbar's resignation letter was also submitted around the same time, said a source at the Cabinet Division.
Earlier in the day, the premier had directed these four ministers to step down from the Cabinet, Road Transport and Bridges Minister Obaidul Quader told reporters at Ganabhaban after the Cabinet meeting.
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Quader, also the Awami League general secretary, added that the other ministers were remainingin theirrespective Cabinet posts.
Meanwhile, government sources told the Bangla Tribune there were three reasons why the technocratministers were asked to resign.
Firstly, Prime Minister Hasina apparently wants to run the polls-time administration without the technocrat ministers, like she did during the last general election in 2014.
Secondly, the prime minister wants to ensure accountability to the people by excluding the technocrat minister from her Cabinet and organize the election for the people by their representatives.
Thirdly, by making her Cabinet’s technocrat ministers resign, the prime minister wanted to close the door on possibilities of leaders from other political parties and alliances demanding to become technocrat ministers in the polls-time government.