Bangladesh Mahila Parishad (BMP) at a press briefing on Monday condemned the 17th amendment of the constitution allowing reserved seats for women in parliament for another 25 years without the provision of election, reports UNB.
In the press briefing at the Sufia Kamal Auditorium around 11 am, a senior leader of BMP Rekha Chowdhury said, the government in its election manifesto promised to increase reserved seats for women in the parliament to one-third and hold direct election.
But their decision is contradictory to their own promise, she claimed, said a press release.
Rekha also urged all political parties to come forward and work for ensuring women's political empowerment in the country.
Mahila Parishad President Ayesha Khanam moderated the programme.
Among others, BMP Vice Presidents Dr Fawzia Moslem, Laxmi Chakrabarty, General Secretary Maleka Banu, Assistant General Secretary Advocate Masuda Rehana Begum and Joint General Secretary Rakhi Das Purkayastha were also present.
BMP will also hold a rally in front of the National Press Club on Tuesday afternoon protesting the government's decision.