President’s election remark a joke: BNP MP

President, PM, cabinet members should take COVID-19 vaccine: JP MP

Staff Correspondent | Published: 00:14, Jan 26,2021


Opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party lawmaker Rumeen Farhana on Monday termed a joke with the nation a part of the president Md Abdul Hamid’s speech delivered on the inaugural day of the Jatiya Sangsad’s winter session.

Reserved-seat lawmaker Rumeen made the remark while taking part in the thanksgiving motion on the presidential speech in the house.

The president in his speech said, she pointed out, that the Election Commission was appreciated at home and abroad for setting an example by holding an acceptable election and upholding democratic culture.

‘But a few days ago, 42 Awami League-leaning eminent citizens submitted a complaint to the president for the election commission’s impeachment on the grounds of corruption and failures,’ she said.

It is surprising, Rumeen noted, that in all the three speeches he delivered in the 11th Jatiya Sangsad, the president claimed that the December 30, 2018 general election was free and fair.

She described that the president’s speech was an article studded with data while the issues of the rule of law, independence of the judiciary, human rights and the freedom of expression were absent in the speech.

‘The entire speech of the president was basically a compilation of some data where everything, including the average life expectancy and GDP, was mentioned. But the World Bank has raised questions about the reliability of Bangladesh’s data,’ she observed.

She reminded that Bangladesh’s position was below Afghanistan in 2019 in terms of the World Bank’s statistical capacity score.

The local body elections have already become a farce like the general elections, Rumeen went on.

Taking part in the thanksgiving discussion over the president’s speech, Jatiya Party lawmaker Mujibul Haque proposed that the president, prime minister, members of the cabinet and members of the parliament should take the COVID-19 vaccine to dispel public apprehensions.

‘The president and prime minister, members of the cabinet and members of the parliament should take the COVID-19 vaccine to dispel apprehensions and misconception over the vaccin,’ he said.

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