Government Policy

Suranjit’s last speech in JS

DHAKA, Feb 5, 2017 (BSS) - The nation on many occasions listened to the unforgettable speeches of veteran politician Suranjit Sengupta, those he delivered in the Jatiya Sangsad (JS), public rallies and at different events.

For years he set a standard and a style of his conversation, speech and deliberation, which were only one of his kind and were enriched with precise information, explanation and pertinent sense of humour.

Politicians, civil society members, journalists and many commoners can instantly refer to a number of speeches of the great politician who was also well conversant with English, Sanskrit, Hindi and Urdu.

His speech in parliament was always a major attraction for unique style of presentation and as a source of facts, figures and references besides the immense humour that often created waves of laughter across the JS galleries.

For the last time he spoke in the parliament on January 29, 2017. Nobody even imagined on the day that he would be no more among us in less than seven days.

On that day the veteran parliamentarian was speaking on a point-of-order on formation process of the next Election Commission (EC).

"The constitution empowers only the president to form the EC, and none can oppose his decision," Suranjit, who was also co-chairman of the parliamentary special committee to amend the country's constitution in the ninth parliament, told the JS.

Citing the contradictory remarks of the BNP leaders on the Search Committee, Suranjit said that the secretary general of the party rejected Search Committee while a frontline leader was optimistic about a positive outcome from the Committee.

He suggested BNP leaders and the party to shun the path of creating confusion about the constitutional process and cooperate with the Search Committee to form a strong and transparent EC.

Suranjit also strongly disagreed with the United Nations (UN) on its interest in the constitution of the EC saying that it had no right to do so.

"If they have any views on formation of the new EC, they can give those through diplomatic channel," the senior lawmaker said, referring to the letter of UN's Resident Coordinator to the foreign ministry seeking an appointment with president Abdul Hamid to hold talks on the formation of the new commission.

Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (BSS)