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‘BNP to join June 3 budget session’

  • Published at 02:13 pm June 1st, 2013
‘BNP to join June 3 budget session’

The main opposition BNP has decided to join the Parliament session to participate in the budget discussion on June 3.

Opposition chip whip Zainul Abdin Farroque came up with the declaration while talking to banglanews24.com.

He said: “BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia is likely to hold a meeting with BNP parliamentary party members at the opposition leader's conference room in the parliament building at about 4pm on June 3.”

“She will join the budget session afterwards,” he added.

BNP lawmakers must join the House by mid-June as they can skip, at best, six more working days of the budget session, otherwise they will lose membership for boycotting parliament sessions for 90 consecutive sittings.

Forty-one opposition MPs – 38 from the BNP, two from Bangladesh Jamaat-e-Islami and one from Bangladesh Jatiya Party – have been absent from the House for 83 consecutive days, alleging that the treasury bench’s “hostile” attitude is to blame.

Records show that Khaleda attended only eight of the 370 working days during the 17 sessions of the current parliament. Other BNP MPs attended the House only 52 days, making history with regard to the boycotting of parliament.

BNP has so far boycotted sittings of the current parliament for 318 working days.

While in the opposition during the BNP-led eighth parliament, the Awami League, stayed away from the House for 223 out of 373 working days.

In the seventh parliament, the BNP was absent from Jatiya Sangsad sessions for 163 of 382 working days. In the fifth parliament, then main opposition AL skipped 135 of the 400 sittings.

The current parliament will expire on October 25.