Ranga blasts Harun in parliament

Opposition Chief Whip Mashiur Rahman Ranga on Thursday slammed BNP MP Harunur Rashid for his remark that the current parliament lacks ‘effective’ opposition.

Participating in the general discussion on a thanksgiving motion on the president’s speech in parliament, he warned the BNP MP that they will not take responsibility if anything bad happens to him for his remark.

“Honorable Speaker, we’ve to hear it repeatedly that there’s no opposition in this parliament. It was said even today. I request you please expunge it,” Ranga said.

He said it is a few BNP MPs views that there is no opposition in parliament. “We’ve 26 MPs from Jatiya Party. If he (Harun) makes such a bad comment on us, you need to expunge it and stop his speech. Or else, we’ll be forced to stage a walkout.”

The Jatiya Party MP also asked Harun to refrain from making such a comment in the future.

“The way he used to make unguarded remarks using unparliamentary words, any accident can happen anytime in the lobby.”

As Harun wanted to know whether he has been given a threat, Ranga said, “It’s not a threat as I won’t carry out the incident. But if anyone does anything, who’ll take the responsibility? I won’t take the responsibility.”

Earlier, Harun said there is no effective opposition in the current parliament. “They (Jtiya Party) themselves say they are the opposition on paper.”

Protesting Harun’s comment, Ranga wanted to know whether the 26 Jatiya party MPs belong to the ruling party.

He said they joined the election sharing seats with Awami League as a process of election. “They (BNP) now want Jatiya Party to join them and move with them together. There’s no scope for us to go with BNP ever as long as Mashiur Rahman Ranga is alive. They kidnapped my child and torched my house and grabbed my house in my electoral area.”

Source: United News of Bangladesh