BNP expels lawmaker for swearing in to parliament
April 28th, 2019 at 2:00 am
BNP expels lawmaker for swearing in to parliament

Dhaka – Opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party has expelled one of its six lawmakers elected through December 30 elections for joining parliament in defiance of party decision not to join the House.

Zahidur Rahman has been expelled from the party for breach of party decision, said Mirza fakhrul Islam Alamgir, secretary general of the party, on Saturday, a day after Rahman sworn in as lawmaker to the 11th parliament.

The BNP of jailed former prime minister Khaleda Zia and its allies decided to stay away from parliament alleging that the December 30, 2018 election was rigged. The BNP and its allies won only eight out of 300 parliamentary seats, where popular vote was conducted.

But two other members of the Gono Forum led by former foreign affairs minister Kamal Hossain also joined parliament what the party said showing disrespect to the party. The Gono Forum also expelled them for breaching party discipline.

In the latest case of Rahman, the BNP also expelled him from the primary membership of the party from Pirganj upazlila of northern Thakurgaon district, from where Rahman was elected to parliament. 

Speaker Shirin Sharmin Chaudhury adminsitred oath to BNP lawmaker on Friday making the opposition BNP’s situation more critical as one of the major strategy of the party’s joining in last year’s election was to free Khaleda Zia from jail.

Khaleda was convicted for plundering funds meant for orphans and sentenced to 10 years in jail. She was transported to prison soon after a court sentenced her five year in jail on February 8, 2018.

The decision of expulsion of Rahman came after the party policymaker’s meeting in Dhaka’s Gulshan. Its acting chairperson, Tareque Rahman, exiled in Britain after conviction in graft and criminal cases, joined the meeting through video conferencing. by Nazrul Islam