The twelfth national parliament has started its journey. Shirin Sharmin Chowdhury was elected Speaker for the fourth consecutive time at the beginning of the first session of the new Parliament. And this time also Shamsul Haque was elected Deputy Speaker.
The term of the previous 11th National Parliament was till January 29. The first session of the 12th National Parliament was held on January 30, the next day. Members of this Parliament took oath on January 10 before the end of the term of the 11th Parliament. Controversy also arose about this.
On the first day of the first session of the twelfth Parliament, President Md. Sahabuddin’s speech criticized the parties boycotting the January 7 election. The President remarked that a group had tried to obstruct the path of democracy by creating violence and conflict around the elections. Incidentally, various parties and alliances, including BNP, boycotted the elections and were in anti-government agitation.
The first session of the 12th National Assembly started yesterday at 3:00 pm. Parliament leader and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina came to Parliament House some time before the commencement of the Parliament session. At that time, many Awami League and independent members of parliament were seen touching the feet of the parliament leader and saluting. Speaker-Deputy Speaker election is held when the session starts.
Election of Speaker-Deputy Speaker
The Speaker of the 12th National Assembly was elected at the beginning of the meeting under the chairmanship of Shamsul Haque, Deputy Speaker of the 11th National Assembly. Awami League general secretary Obaidul Quader proposed the name of Shirin Sharmin Chowdhury for the post of Speaker. Chief Whip Noor-e-Alam Chowdhury supported the proposal. Shireen Sharmin Chowdhury was unanimously elected Speaker as there was no other candidate, Shamsul Haque, who is in the Speaker’s seat, announced.
After the election of the Speaker the session was adjourned for some time. At this time, President Md. Shirin Sharmin Chowdhury was sworn in as the Speaker of the Parliament. Sahabuddin. After that, the session started again under the chairmanship of Speaker Shirin Sharmin Chowdhury. Sheikh Fazlul Karim Salim, Dipu Moni and Jatiya Party Chairman GM Quader addressed the parliament after congratulating the Speaker.
Leader of Opposition in Parliament GM Quader expressed apprehensions about the perfect performance of duties in the 12th Parliament. He said, it is not unreasonable to fear that the 12th National Parliament will never be able to perform its duties perfectly. There is doubt about how much this parliament will be able to represent the nation.
At the end of the speech thanking the Speaker, the election of the Deputy Speaker of the 12th National Assembly was held. Shamsul Haque has also been elected to this post. Government party member of parliament AB Tajul Islam proposed the name of Shamsul Haque for the post of Deputy Speaker. Government party member Maqbul Hossain supported the proposal. There being no other nominees, the Speaker declared the Deputy Speaker elected by voice vote.
A five-member presidium was also nominated for the first session of the Twelfth National Assembly. They are AB Tajul Islam, Mohammad Shahabuddin, AFM Ruhul Haque, Hafiz Uddin Ahmed, Umm Kulsoom. In the absence of the Speaker and the Deputy Speaker, the members of the Presidium shall preside over the Parliament in order of name.
A condolence proposal was then raised. Speaker Shireen Sharmin Chowdhury presented the condolence proposal. Condolences mourned the death of Emir of Kuwait Sheikh Nawaf Al Ahmad Al Jaber Al Sabah. In addition, former member of parliament and minister Syed Abul Hossain, former member of parliament and state minister Zinatun Nesa Talukder, former member of parliament Dr. Md. Apart from Akram Hossain Chowdhury, the death of eminent persons of various levels was mourned.
President asked to be careful about creating ‘anarchy’
After the election of Speaker-Deputy Speaker and other agendas of the day, the President addressed the Parliament according to the provisions of the Constitution. Sahabuddin. In his long speech, he highlighted various issues including the twelfth national parliament election, the development of the country, the role of parliament and members of parliament.
Without mentioning the name of any party, the President said that a group had tried to obstruct the path of democracy by creating violence and conflict around the elections. He said that their anti-democratic and violent activities temporarily put the people in a state of anxiety, but the sound spirit of democracy could not stop the voters from voting. All the steps taken by the government and the Election Commission have been successful because of the spontaneous and active participation of the common people.
President Md. Sahabuddin A also said that the boycotting parties carried out their political program completely independently. However, everyone should be careful so that no one creates anarchy in the name of movement and damages people’s lives and livelihood.
The President thanked all concerned including the Election Commission for completing a free, fair and impartial parliamentary election program by thwarting domestic and foreign conspiracies.
After the President’s speech, the Parliament session was adjourned till next Sunday.
Eminent persons of the country and diplomats of different countries posted in Dhaka attended the parliament and observed the proceedings of the session. According to the parliament secretariat, diplomats from around 80 countries, including the ambassadors of the United States, United Kingdom, France, Germany, Russia, China and India, were present on the opening day of the first session of the twelfth national parliament.
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