Ruling party lawmakers protest Rumeen’s remarks in parliament
BNP lawmaker Rumeen Farhana has criticized the government for it alleged role in not granting bail to BNP's jailed Chairperson Khaleda Zia.
"Khaleda Zia is definitely eligible for bail considering her age, health condition, social statues, gender, and merit of the case. But she was denied bail due to pressure from the government," she alleged.
Rumeen, MP for the lone reserved BNP seat, said Khaleda was in jail in a “false case,” while the party's acting chief Tarique Rahman was being forced to live abroad, reports UNB.
"This is a great opportunity to come to the parliament as a politician. I am grateful for it. But honourable Speaker, you know this parliament was constituted through a faulty election which has been criticized at home and abroad. This is an illegal parliament," she claimed in her 2-minute speech.
At this stage, the ruling party lawmakers started hue and cry protesting her remarks as the Speaker called the House to order.
Later, Railways Minister Md Nurul Islam Sujan demanded expunging her remarks over the legality of the parliament and election.
Responding to his demand, Speaker Dr Shirin Sharmin Chaudhury expunged Rumeen's words.