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BNP MPs walk out from Parliament

  • Published at 10:04 pm January 14th, 2020
File Photo of Bangladesh Parliament Syed Zakir Hossain/ Dhaka Tribune

They demanded the Speaker intervene in the matter

BNP MPs staged a walkout from Parliament when two senior ruling party MPs ridiculed their demand seeking assurances from the House that the upcoming polls to the two Dhaka city corporations will be held in a free and fair manner.

This is the first time that BNP MPs have staged a walkout in the 11th parliament.

Speaking on a point of order on Tuesday, BNP MP M Harunur Rashid said even the chief election commissioner ruled out the involvement of MPs in any local government election, reports UNB.

However, the ruling Awami League formed two coordination committees for its candidates in the elections to Dhaka North City Corporation (DNCC) and Dhaka South City Corporation (DSCC), led by its two senior MPs.

In reply, Treasury Bench MP Tofail Ahmed, coordinator of the DNCC committee, said BNP never recognizes any election as free and fair until its candidate wins it.

He said, by the Election Commission’s electoral code of conduct, MPs are not allowed to get involved in the campaign for any candidate in local government elections.

Terming it ‘ridiculous’, he said government beneficiaries cannot take part in the election campaign as per the code of conduct. “But, MPs are not such kinds of beneficiaries,” he said.

 Later, Awami League MP Amir Hossain Amu, coordinator of the DSCC committee, also criticized the BNP MP for raising such a tiny issue in the House.

He also said it is the tradition of BNP to make any election controversial. “Before the announcement of the election schedule for the Dhaka city corporations, they (BNP) said that polls would not be held in a free and fair manner,” he said.

At this stage, Harun and BNP MPs M Zahidur Rahman, M Mosharraf Hossain, M Aminul Islam, and Rumeen Farhana started shouting, saying the two Awami League MPs are talking about irrelevant matters.

 They demanded the Speaker intervene in the matter.

 When their plea was not entertained, the BNP MPs walked out of Parliament.