Chief Whip ASM Feroz yesterday said Abdul Latif Siddique would remain a member of parliament even though he had been expelled from his party.
“He has not voted against the party or resigned from it. So, his membership will not go according to article 70 of the constitution. This is a settled issue,” Feroz told the Dhaka Tribune.
He, however, said the issue would be settled after Speaker Shirin Sharmin Chaudhury’s return.
Former posts and telecommunications minister Latif was removed from the cabinet and the party as well for his recent comments on Hajj and Tabligh Jamaat.
Former BNP lawmaker Abu Hena was the first sitting MP who was sacked by his party in November 2005.
Abu Hena incurred the wrath of party Chairperson and former prime minister Khaleda Zia by making a press statement linking Jamaat-e-Islami to Islamic militant outfit Jama’atul Mujahideen Bangladesh and infamous Siddiqul Islam alias Bangla Bhai.
The BNP leadership wanted him to be stripped of his parliament membership for his comments against the interest of the four-party alliance.
Then secretary general of the BNP Abdul Mannan Bhuaiyan urged speaker Muhammad Jamiruddin Sircar to vacate the seat in line with the constitution’s article 70 that compels lawmakers to be loyal to their respective parties.
But Jamiruddin Sircar on November 20, 2005 told the BNP leadership that Abu Hena would retain his Jatiya Sangsad membership as he had neither resigned from the BNP nor voted against the BNP in parliament.
He opposed the BNP’s decision and made Khaleda Zia understand that the constitution had now such provision.
On November 23, Jamiruddin held a press conference and clarified that Abu Hena would remain an independent MP.
The Jatiya Party also expelled its MP HM Golam Reza from Kaliganj constituency of Satkhira for anti-organisational activities in 2012. But he remained an MP until the last day of the ninth parliament.
However, Awami League General Secretary Syed Ashraful Islam recently told reporters that Latif Siddique would cease to be an MP as his party had decided to strip him of primary membership.
On Sunday, the Awami League leadership decided to terminate Abdul Latif Siddique from the cabinet and withhold his primary membership for his anti-Islam and Hajj comments he made in New York.