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Dr Kamal: Gono Forum MPs may join parliament

  • Published at 04:46 pm January 5th, 2019
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Gono Forum President Dr Kamal Hossain and other party leaders at an extended meeting of the party Bangladesh Shishu Kalyan Parishad in Dhaka on Saturday, January 5, 2019 Mahmud Hossain Opu/Dhaka Tribune

He says the party will discuss the matter and decide soon

Gono Forum President Dr Kamal Hossain has said that they are thinking positively about sending two newly elected MPs of the party to the 11th parliament.

The party will discuss whether the new MPs will take oath of office and decide soon, he said while addressing an extended meeting of the Gono Forum on Saturday.

“We have rejected the election results, but the way our two candidates came out successful braving tough competition is a big achievement on their part. That is why we are thinking positively about sending them to parliament,” he said.

Dr Kamal added that their two MPs could also play positive roles in the House after taking oath, and hoped it would not create any problem with the BNP, which is a key member of political platform the Jatiya Oikya Front along with Gono Forum.

His remarks came several days after the BNP maintained that its five MPs would not take oath and join parliament.

Seven Oikya Front candidates, two from Gono Forum and five from the BNP, had won in the 11th general election held on December 30.

But all of them refrained from taking oath on Thursday, as Oikya Front rejected the election results.

Addressing Saturday’s Gono Forum meeting at the Bangladesh Shishu Kalyan Parishad in Dhaka’s Topkhana Road, eminent jurist Dr Kamal also said that the government was creating a serious crisis in the country by violating the constitution again and again.

“The current situation has made everyone concerned, he said.

Dr Kamal, who leads the Oikya Front too, said:“We hope the Oikya Front will remain active, because it will be able to put pressure on the government to return democracy to the people and freedom of the administration and law enforcement agencies.

“We think there will be no disagreement among the Oikya Front member parties. We will work it out together soon.”

Replying to a question, Dr Kamal said that they might move the court over the election if they get the evidence of alleged vote rigging.

At Saturday’s meeting, Gono Forum General Secretary Mostafa Mohsin Montu said,the party’s MP candidates and representatives had presented information on election day irregularities,evidence of vote rigging and forced removal of polling agents from the voting centres.

Gono Forum Executive President Subrata Chowdhury and the party’s two elected MPs Mukabbir Khan and Sultan Mohammad Monsur were also present at the meeting.