Quader dismisses TIB findings

Staff Correspondent | Published: 01:14, Oct 02,2020


Awami League general secretary Obaidul Quader on Thursday dismissed the findings of Transparency International Bangladesh that the ruling party had intensified its exercise of monopoly power in parliamentary activities, especially in law making, budget formulation.

‘The findings of TIB is not true and acceptable,’ Quader, also road transport and bridges minister told reporters after inaugurating an extended part of Setu Bhaban in Dhaka.

On Wednesday, TIB made public its findings of a study entitled Parliament Watch saying that the absolute majority of the ruling party ensured through the parliamentary elections intensified is exercise of power monopoly in parliamentary activities, especially in law making, budget formulation and parliamentary standing committees.

Quader said that the opposition party took part at every parliamentary activity though it had few members in the house.

He said that it was not an office for the business people if they participated in development activities and elected by the people.

About the Bangladesh Nationalist Party’s allegation that ruling party activists attacked BNP activists during the electioneering of Dhaka-5 by-election, Quader said that raising allegation was an old habit of the BNP as the party was trying to make the situation abnormal.

In its findings, TIB said that the number businesspeople turned member of parliaments had increased to 61 per cent while only five per cent of the MPs were politicians in the 11th parliamentary polls held on December 30, 2018.

It said that the general election was held in a participatory manner, but that was not contested as the Election Commission failed to ensure an environment for a free and fair election.

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