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Sultan Mansur: I was in political prison for 18 years

  • Published at 11:52 pm March 7th, 2019
File photo of Jatiya Oikya Front MP Sultan Mohammad Mansur Focus Bangla

Mansur said people of his constituency elected him as their MP amid serious adversities on December 30

Saying that he had returned to parliament from a “political prison” after 18 years, Jatiya Oikya Front and Gono Forum MP Sultan Mohammad Mansur on Thursday sought the cooperation of the Leader of the House and the Speaker, so that he could raise his voice in favour of the people and play a constructive role in parliament.

"As I became an MP from the opposition alliance, I may not make most of you happy with my speeches and role in parliament. But I seek your [Speaker's] cooperation so that I can talk in favour of the people. I hope the Leader of the House will also take it into consideration," he told the House.

Speaking on a point of order, Mansur started his speech by paying homage to Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, marking the historic March 7. "I thank the Speaker for allowing me to address the House on this historic day."

Mansur said the people of his constituency elected him as their MP amid serious adversity on December 30 last year.

He, however, thanked Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina for ensuring a fair election in his seat, without any major incident unlike in many other constituencies.

Mansur said he had returned to parliament after 18 years. "I was supposed to be there on the Treasury benches, as I did politics of that camp. But I had been in a political prison for the last 18 years."

He said although he contested the election from Oikya Front, he still maintains the ideals and political philosophy of Bangabandhu.

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The Moulvibazar 2 MP also said he never compromised on the issue of “Joy Bangla” and Bangabandhu, even though he is now a part of the opposition.

Mentioning that the prime minister is taking the country forward following the path Bangabandhu demonstrated, he hoped that she would unite the entire nation.

Hours after taking oath, Mansur joined the ongoing session of the 11th parliament.

Mansur sat in the second row of the opposition bench in the House, as the day's proceedings of the parliament resumed at 6:37pm, with Speaker Shirin Sharmin Chaudhury in chair.

Earlier in the day, Mansur, who won the December 30 election with BNP's election symbol “sheaf of paddy” from Moulvibazar 2, took oath as a member of the 11th parliament. Speaker Shirin Sharmin Chaudhury administered the oath around 11am at the National Parliament.

Gono Forum expelled him from the party shortly afterwards, as his taking of the oath violated the party’s decision.