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Gono Forum MPs-elect signal to take oath despite Oikya Front’s strong reservation

  • Published at 02:58 pm January 28th, 2019
From left- Sultan Mohammad Monsur from Moulvibazar 2 constituency and Mokabbir Khan from Sylhet 2 constituency Collected

They are yet decide on the date of the oath  

Though Gono Forum's two elected MPs have hinted on Monday that they are contemplating to take oath to become the members of the parliament, the party and Oikya Front’s senior leadership categorically rejected the idea.

Gono Forum's two MPs-elect — Sultan Mohammad Monsur from Moulvibazar 2 constituency and Mokabbir Khan from Sylhet 2 constituency — said they believe Gono Forum will let them join the parliament, “showing respect to people's mandate given in favour of them.”

However, reiterating the party’s earlier position of not joining the parliament, a party spokesperson said Gono Forum, as a part of Jatiya Oikya Front alliance, is yet to revise its stance on joining the parliament. 

“Hence, the Gono Forum’s position on this matter [joining the parliament] aligns with the Oikya Front’s stance,” reads a statement, signed by the party’s Information and Mass Media Secretary Rafiqul Islam Pathik, released to the media on Monday evening.

Speaking to the UNB, Gono Forum Executive President Subrata Chowdhury said his party and Jatiya Oikya Front are still firm to their position not to send their MPs to the parliament.

He said their party may talk about the issue and take the final decision once Dr Kamal Hossain returns home from abroad.

He said Dr Kamal Hossain was supposed to return home early Monday, but it was deferred for some unavoidable reasons. 

When asked why the MPs-elect suddenly decided not to follow party’s order anymore, Subrata Chowdhury said: "Ask them [Monsur and Mokabbir], being members of the alliance steering committee, how can they talk about joining parliament when the alliance has rejected the election results and decided not to go to parliament."

Sultan Monsur said he is firm that the party leaders are positive about sending their two MPs to parliament. 

"Our leader Kamal Hossain earlier had said our party is positively thinking about joining parliament and I believe Gono Forum will finally ask us [Monsur and Mokabbir] to join the parliament to play a role in favour of people," Monsur said.

"People have elected us braving serious adversities. Now it's our duty to work for them," the MP-elect said.

Asked what they will do if their party does not allow them to take oath within the stipulated time, Monsur said he is currently not contemplating any negative outcome. 

Mokabbir Khan said he also expects a positive signal from the party to take oath as an MP as he was elected fairly by people in his area.

He, however, said he will comply with the party decision whatever it may be.

BNP along with Gono Forum and some other parties joined the December-30 election in alliance under the banner of Jatiya Oikya Front. BNP bagged six seats while Gono Forum two in the election.

Oikya Front unanimously rejected the election results, alleging “massive vote dacoity” and demanded reelection.

The first session of the 11th parliament is scheduled to begin on Wednesday.