The first day of the third session of the 11th parliament experienced uproar as BNP lawmaker Rumeen Farhana termed the parliament an unelected one.
Taking the floor, Farhana said going to parliament and speaking for the countrymen is a dream for every politician.“But I am representing in such a Parliament that has not been elected by people’s mandate. I hope the tenure of this parliament will not last for a day,” she told the House.
In reaction to her remark, the treasury and main opposition Jatiya Party lawmakers started shouting in the House.
Amid the chaos, Farhana continued to deliver her statement and demanded an immediate release of BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia, who had been serving 17-year imprisonment on two separate corruption charges.
BNP’s reserved seat lawmaker Farhana took the oath on June 9 and sought some time from the Speaker to speak in the House for her introductory speech in the House.
The Speaker also gave her two-minute time to deliver her introductory speech in Parliament. After her speech, railways minister Nurul Islam Sujan took the floor and mentioned Farhana’s double standard role.
“She has undermined the constitution and showed disrespect to the countrymen by terming the parliament illegal,” he said, requesting the Speaker to expunge the words from the proceedings.The Speaker later expunged the words from the proceedings.
The lawmakers also slammed religious affairs minister Sheikh Abdullah for playing with the sentiment of the Muslims by declaring the Eid-ul Fitr at the dead of night.
“Why the minister declared the Eid day at the dead of night? He first said that the Eid will be celebrated on Thursday but two hours later he again declared for celebrating the Eid Wednesday,” BNP MP Harun Ur Rashid said.