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7 March, 2019 00:00 00 AM / LAST MODIFIED: 7 March, 2019 02:29:24 AM
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Oath by MPs-elect

Oikyafront may think ‘positively’

Mansur takes oath today, Mukabbir waits for confirmation
RAFIQUL ISLAM AZAD, Dhaka
Oikyafront may think ‘positively’

The Jatiya Oikyafront is likely to review its decision of not joining parliament  considering the prevailing circumstances in the political arena, say sources.

As part of the move, Ganaforum lawmaker-elect Mukabbir Khan, one of two MPs-elect who were scheduled to take oath today, has decided to wait until the next meeting of the oppostion alliance which is set to take decision within a couple of days. All eight MPs-elect of the Oikyafornt will hope for a positive decision in the meeting,

Sultan Muhammad Mansur, another Oikyafront leader and one of the eight lawmakers-elect, however, is taking oath at 11am today.

Mansur, who has been elected from the Habiganj-2 constituency, said he would take oath today. He claimed that he was not a Ganaforum leader and represents the Oikyafront on behalf of Jatiya Oikya Prokriya.

Alliance insiders told The Independent that the upcoming Oikyafront meeting will decide to send their MPs-elect to Parliament with certain conditions including the release of BNP chief Khaleda Zia and ensuring a congenial political atmosphere. Citing vote engineering, the Oikyafront had earlier had rejected the December 30 polls. It had also instructed its lawmakers-elect not take oath.

In the last general election, the Oikyafront only managed to win eight seats—six by the BNP and two by Ganaforum—while the ruling Awami League-backed Grand Alliance secured a landslide victory by winning in 288 constituencies out of the total 300 seats.

Talking to The Independent, some BNP leaders said they were yet to change their decision of not joining Parliament.

However, the leaders said that they would discuss the matter at the party forum. They also said the party rank and file wants the lawmakers-elect to join Parliament for the sake of raising their demands to free party chairperson Khaleda Zia and waging a movement in and outside the House.

BNP standing committee member Dr Khandaker Mosharraf Hossain said that their decision to not join Parliament was still in force.

No further discussion has taken place in this regard, he added.

Asked whether the party would discuss the matter, Khandaker Mosharraf Hossain replied in the affirmative, saying that it is normal in politics to discuss an issue that may crop up from time to time.

Pro-BNP intellectual Prof. Emajuddin Ahmed said he saw no problem if the BNP lawmakers-elect join Parliament. “There will be no objection if the BNP policymakers take a positive decision considering all the circumstances. I am waiting for a decision of the BNP standing committee in this regard,” he added.

The former vice chancellor of Dhaka University, however, said that if the party leaders took a positive decision, they must explain as to why they would allow their lawmakers-elect to join Parliament and under which circumstances. He also said the party leadership had to judge the entire situation by considering that the party’s chairperson was now in jail and acting chairman Tarique Rahman staying abroad.

Ganaforum general secretary Mostafa Mohsin Montu confirmed that their lawmaker-elect Mukabbir Khan, who has been elected from Sylhet-2 constituency, would not take oath on Thursday. He also said the party had sent a mail to the Election Commission (EC), stating that Khan was not taking oath.

Asked whether the party would review the decision of not joining Parliament, Montu said the party would take a decision in this regard after discussion.   

Mukabbir Khan, a presidium member of Ganaforum, confirmed that he would not take oath today and conveyed his decision to the Speaker through a letter. “I conveyed to the Speaker that I will not take oath on Thursday due unavoidable circumstances. I will take oath a day after,” he said.

The Ganaforum leader expressed optimism that the lawmakers-elect of the Oikyafront would be able to join Parliament together.

BNP lawmaker-elect Harun-or-Rashid, who has been elected from Chapainawabganj-3, said it was usual that the lawmakers-elect, particularly who have been elected for the first time, would want to join Parliament. “We'll only join Parliament if the party takes a positive decision in this regard. But there is no room to join Parliament individually,” he added.

Harun, a joint secretary general of the party, further said he did not know whether the party was thinking of joining Parliament.

The five other BNP lawmakers elect include party secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir from Bogura-6, Mosharraf Hossain from Bogura-4, Aminul Islam from Chapainawabganj-2, Zahidur Rahman Zahid from Thakurgaon-3 and Ukil Abdus Sattar from Brahmanbaria-2 constituencies.

As per Article 67 (1), a Member of Parliament shall vacate his/her seat if he/she fails to take oath within 90 days from the date of the first meeting of Parliament after his election. The first session of 11th parliament began on January 29 and all the ruling party lawmakers had earlier taken oath accordingly.

 

 

 

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