The 22nd session, probably the last one of the current 10th parliament, begins today.
President Abdul Hamid has convened the session exercising the power bestowed upon him as per the clause (1) of the article 72 of the constitution.
The session will begin at 5:00pm, said a parliament secretariat release.
Before the beginning of the session, the Business Advisory Committee, headed by the Speaker, will sit for a meeting to fix the duration and business of the session.
Some ministers and ruling Awami League leaders say this will be the last session of the current parliament as the next election will be held between October 31 and January 28 as per the constitution.
As per the Article 123 (3) (a), the next parliamentary elections should be held within 90 days before the dissolution of the parliament.
The 10th parliament sat on January 29 in 2014 after the January 5 parliamentary elections.
It means that the election should be held between October 31, 2018 and January 28, 2019.
AL general secretary Obaidul Quader said this will be the last session of the 10th parliament. “Parliament won’t be dissolved until the next election is held,” he added.
Law minister Anisul Huq also said, “The session beginning on September 9 will be the last one. But, parliament won’t be dissolved for the polls. It will remain alive till its tenure,” he said.
Parliament secretariat sources say that the House may run some discussions on important national and international issues.
Leader of the House and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina may deliver speech during the last session, highlighting various aspects of the next national polls.
Ruling party insiders say that the premier may speak on the formation of the much-talked about polls-time government during the session.
BNP, which remains outside parliament, has been asking the government to arrange the elections under a neutral administration while the ruling party has been hell bent on arranging the polls as per the constitution.
As per the constitution, the next parliamentary elections will be held under the incumbent prime minister, who will transfer power to another elected premier.
Some important bills, including the Digital Security Bill and Representation of the People Order (12th Amendment), are expected to be passed during the session.
Some 21 bills have been pending for the passage till September 3, according to sources at parliament secretariat.
Besides, Bangladesh Labour (Amendment) Act 2018 endorsed by cabinet on September 3 was also submitted before Parliament Secretariat.
After the cabinet’s approval, labour affairs state minister Mujibul Haque Chunnu told reporters that the bill will be passed during the session.
The sources also said some three bills---Bangladesh Agricultural Development Corporation Bill, Children (Amendment) Bill and Barendra Multipurpose Development Authority Bill--- are ready for passage by parliament.
Besides, some nine bills, including the much-talked about Digital Security Bill, National Academy for Planning Development Bill, Textile Bill and Anti-Dowry Bill, are being scrutinised by the parliamentary standing committees concerned.
Apart from these, bills including Weights and Measures Bill, Bangladesh Livestock Research Institute Bill, mental Health Bill, Road Transport Bill, Housing and Research Institute Bill and Bangladesh Labour (Amendment) Bill are expected to be placed before the House during the session.
The 9th parliament ended with 19 sessions. The last session began on September 12 in 2013.
Dhaka Metropolitan Police has imposed a ban on carrying all kinds of firearms, explosives and other harmful objects around parliament premises from Saturday midnight to ensure smooth functioning of the 22nd session.
The DMP also restricted holding any kind of rally and procession until the prorogation of the session.