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

SANGSAD BHABAN, 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 trust and confidence of the people in 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.

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

in 1982, in exchange of it, Ershad gave Khaldea 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, Nazma Akhter, while BNP lawmaker Harun Ur

Rashid, and Tarikad Federation lawmaker Syed Nazibul Basher Maijbhandari,

took part in the discussion.

Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (BSS)