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POST TIME: 24 April, 2019 12:42:59 AM / LAST MODIFIED: 24 April, 2019 10:48:26 AM
6 MPs-elect ‘won’t join JS’
BNP sticks to decision as oath-taking deadline nears
RAFIQUL ISLAM AZAD, Dhaka

6 MPs-elect ‘won’t join JS’

Even as the deadline to take oath as a Member of Parliament is approaching near, the BNP, which has six lawkers-elect in its rank, still sticks to its decision to not join Parliament. On Monday, party standing committee members at a meeting reiterated the decision to not join Jatiya Sangsad as it has already rejected the December 30 parliamentary poll over 'vote rigging', according to party sources.

Party acting chairman Tarique Rahman was connected with the members through Skype during the meeting at the BNP chairperson’s political office in Gulshan. The BNP reiterated the decision amid the speculation that the BNP lawmakers-elect would join Parliament if the party’s jailed and ailing chairperson Khaleda Zia is freed. On the other hand, Awami League (AL) leaders have been talking that the government would consider release of the former premier on parole if they receive application to this regard.

Meanwhile, at least two out of the six party lawmakers-elect said they are still waiting to hear the party decision formally as they are under pressure from the people of their respective constituencies to join Parliament.

Some of them said that they would abide by whatever decision the party is going to take for the greater interests of the party.

Party insiders said one or two lawmakers-elect are adamant to join Parliament even if the party sticks to its original decision.

BNP standing committee member Moudud Ahmed yesterday said that the standing committee members of Monday had reconfirmed their earlier decision not to join Parliament. “The party's decision not to join Parliament has been conveyed to the lawmakers-elect,” he added.

The former law minister said if anyone wanted to join Parliament by ignoring the party decision, he would lose his party membership.

Mosharraf Hossain, who has been elected from the Bogura-4 constituency, said he was yet to take any decision on joining Parliament. He, however, said he was under pressure from the people of his constituency. “I am mentally under pressure from the people of the constituency. They want me to go to Parliament. Let me see,” he added.

Harunur Rashid, who is elected from Chapainawabganj-3, said he was yet to be informed the party's decision. “I am under pressure from the people, who expect me to go to Parliament. However, I am ready to abide by the party's decision,” he added.  

The four other BNP lawmakers elect are: party secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir of Bogura-6, Zahidur Rahman Zahid of Thakurgaon-3, Aminul Islam of Chapainawabganj-2, Ukil Abdus Sattar of Brahmanbaria-2 constituency.   The BNP and the Ganaforum, along with its allies in the 20-Party Alliance and Jatiya Oikyafront, took part in the last general election and obtained only eight seats from among the 300 constituencies. The BNP, the arch-rival of the ruling Awami League, and its allies in the two alliances rejected the poll results over ‘vote engineering’ and demanded fresh election under a non-partisan administration.

The two Ganaforum lawmakers have already joined Parliament by ignoring the party and alliance decision, although the party expelled them from the party. The deadline to join Parliament by a lawmaker-elect will expire on April 30.

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