Gono Forum hints for joining parliament
January 5th, 2019 at 5:47 pm
Gono Forum hints for joining parliament

Dhaka –The Gono Forum headed by former foreign minister Kamal Hossain has indicated that its lawmakers-elect would swear in to parliament despite the party’s alliance partner Bangladesh Nationalist Party has turned down to join parliament.

“We are considering the matter positively. We will take positive decision for the candidates who got elected through tough contest,” Hossain, who has been spearheading Jatiya Oikya Front alliance in absence of jailed BNP chief Khaleda Zia, told reporters.

Kamal’s Gono Forum party forged alliance with the BNP in October to contest the December 30 election against the Awami League-led ruling coalition of prime minister Sheikh Hasina.

The party has no representation in parliament even since Gono Forum was founded in 1992 after Hossain left the Awami League. Hossain was the foreign minister under Bangabandhu Sheih Mujibur Rahman’s cabinet in the early 1970s.

Earlier, the Front rejected the December 30 election result accusing the Awami League of rigging the election, in which the AL won 259 seats in the 300-strong parliament.

The BNP, which got only five seats, rejected the results and asked the election commission to arrange a fresh election under a neutral administration. Kamal Hossain also made the same demand at a news conference when early results of the election showed that the AL was leading.

The swearing in ceremony of the lawmakers by the ruling coalition was held on Thursday. But the opposition lawmakers-elect from the BNP and Gono Forum did not turn out to the ceremony.

The Gono Forum on Saturday held a meeting reviewed the entire political situation.