People’s confidence on parliament returns in 10yrs: PM

Published: 08 Sep 2019   

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Praying for eternal peace of the departed soul of opposition leader in the house and Jatiya Party (JP) chairman HM Ershad, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina today told the Jatiya Sangsad that the trust and confidence of the people on the parliament have returned in the last 10 years.

“I believe that the confidence and trust of the people on parliament have returned in the last 10 years,” she said while taking part in the discussion on an obituary motion taken by the parliament for deaths of dignitaries including opposition leader HM Ershad and Bangladesh National Awami Party (NAP) President Professor Muzaffar Ahmed and former lawmaker Sirajul Islam, reports BSS.

The prime minister said, “They (Jatiya Party-Ershad) have been working as (main) opposition party after the general election of 2014, which is necessary for the socio-economic development of a country.” She went on saying that the country has witnessed a huge socio-economic development and achieved a dignified position in the world. 

Praying for peace of the departed soul of Ershad, she said that nothing is left after death of a people despite there were many things to say as they (Sheikh Hasina and Awami League leaders and activists) were captured time and again and inhumanly tortured by the then Ershad government. 

“Despite the fact, we have compromised with many things for the sake of the country, people, democracy, and development and are working for the overall development of the country to reach the fruit of the independence to the doorsteps of the people,” she said.

Praising Jatiya Party for playing effective role as the main opposition party, Sheikh Hasina, also Leader of the House said, “Their (Jatiya Party) contribution as opposition have played a significant role to strengthen the democracy as they are taking part in discussions on various bills alongside bringing amendments to those.” 

The prime minister, however, welcomed the BNP for joining the parliament after declaring it as illegal as the party along with others took part in the 2018 general elections, saying, “People’s participation were in the 2018 general election, so the BNP couldn’t topple the Awami League government with support of the people.”

“But, the Awami League with the support of the countrymen successfully overthrew the BNP government within one and a half month it assumed office after the farcical general election on February 15, 1996,” she said.

The prime minister said that Ziaur Rahman and HM Ershad are no longer presidents (of the country) as the apex court in a verdict announcing illegal capture of power by them declaring the martial law.

“It is not legal to call them (Ziaur Rahman and HM Ershad) as presidents in accordance with the High Court verdict as it has paved the way to continue the democracy in the country,” she continued.

The Prime Minister, however, criticized Khaleda Zia as her government didn’t behave with HM Ershad properly while he was in jail, saying that the AL government has given possible every facility to the BNP chairperson, who is now in jail for a number of graft cases including misappropriation of money of orphans. 

She said that Khaleda Zia had created a scope for Ershad to capture power after the 1981 farcical general election which took place without voters and in exchange of it, Ershad gave Khadea Zia various facilities including two houses and Taka 10 lakh as well.

The Prime Minister also sought peace of the departed soul of the late Indian external affairs minister Sushma Swaraj for her role in placing the land boundary agreement before the Indian parliament which was passed unanimously.

Among others, Awami League lawmakers Amir Hossain Amu, Tofail Ahmed, Mohammad Nasim, and Shahjahan Khan, while Jatiya Party lawmakers, Raushan Ershad, GM Quader, Moshiur Rahman Ranga, Kazi Firoz Rashid, Anisul Islam Mahmud, Fakhrul Imam, Mojibul Haq Chunnu,Peer Fazlur Rahman, Ahsan Adilur Rahman, Begum Salma Islam, Naz, Nazma Akhter, while BNP lawmaker Harun Ur Rashid, and Tarikad Federation lawmaker Syed Nazibul Basher Maijbhandari, took part in the discussion.

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