BNP to continue boycott of Bangladesh Parliament

Last Updated: Saturday, October 3, 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 3, 2009 - 13:29

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