BNP to continue boycott of Bangladesh Parliament
Last Updated: Saturday, October 03, 2009, 13:29
Dhaka: Bangladesh's main opposition BNP, which has been boycotting Parliament for the last nine months, has said it has no plans to join in when the House resumes its sitting this weekend.

Bangladesh National Party (BNP) secretary general Khandaker Delwar Hossain yesterday said his party will not join the Parliament until a congenial atmosphere is created.

"The incumbent government's performance in and outside the Sangsad through the last nine months hasn't seemed acceptable to the people. They have to create befitting environment within Parliament if they want to see us returning there," Hossain was quoted by

While talking to reporters at his residence, Delwar called upon Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina to create an environment of consensus "so that BNP can join the House".

The BNP leader also alleged that the government intends to go back to the Constitution of 1972 for a dubious purpose.

"But people will not allow that to happen again. The Awami League government must appreciate that the year 2009 cannot be rewound back to 1972," Delwar said.

The BNP, headed by ex-premier Khaleda Zia, got only 10 percent of the 300 seats in December elections last year. It had alleged vote-rigging in the December 29 elections and has refused to take part in parliament proceedings because of a seating arrangements row.

The Bangladesh Parliament resumes sitting on Sunday following an 18-day break after Eid al-Fitr and Durga Puja.

Bureau Report

First Published: Saturday, October 03, 2009, 13:29

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