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Gono Forum MP backs out of taking oath

  • Published at 07:59 pm March 6th, 2019
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File photo of Gono Forum Leader Mokobbir Khan who contested and won from Sylhet 2 constituency during the 11th general election Collected

Mokabbir claimed that most presidium members of their party, including Dr Kamal Hossain, want him to take oath as an MP

Gono Forum MP-elect Mokabbir Khan from Sylhet 2 constituency will not be taking the oath on Thursday to join the 11th parliament due to “unavoidable reasons.”

However, another MP-elect from the same party, Sultan Mohammad Mansur, from Moulvibazar 2 seat, will be sworn in at 11am as per the schedule set by Speaker Dr Shirin Sharmin Chaudhury.

A press release issued Wednesday said: "Mokabbir Khan, who was elected MP from Sylhet-2 with Gono Forum's election symbol 'Rising Sun' will not take oath tomorrow (Thursday) for unavoidable reasons."

When contacted, Mokabbir said that the party has decided to defer his oath-taking for a few days.

Mokabbir claimed that most presidium members of their party, including Dr Kamal Hossain, want him to take oath as the MP.

He said: "Our leaders will now discuss the issue with the partners of the Jatiya Oikya Front, including BNP, and then announce the fresh schedule for taking oath."

Sultan Mohammad Mansur said: "I have not changed my mind. I will be sworn in as per the schedule."

Earlier on March 3, both the MPs-elect sent separate letters to the speaker requesting her to arrange their oath-taking ceremony on March 7. The speaker scheduled their ceremony for 11am Thursday.

Mansur was elected MP from Moulvibazar 2 seat in the December 30 elections as a Gono Forum candidate under Jatiya Oikya Front platform, with BNP's electoral symbol, while Mokabbir was elected from Sylhet 2 constituency with Gono Forum's symbol.

BNP, Gono Forum and some other parties joined the December 30 elections in alliance under the banner of Jatiya Oikya Front. BNP bagged six seats while Gono Forum won two.

The alliance rejected the election results, alleging that a “massive vote robbery” had taken place during the polls, and demanded re-elections.

The first session of the new parliament began on January 30 without the participation of the eight MPs-elect.