BNP MP Harun for expunge of president’s ‘untrue speech’

Opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party lawmaker M Harunur Rashid on Wednesday demanded expunge of several portions of president Md Abdul Hamid’s speech delivered in parliament terming those ‘untrue.’

Harun placed the demand participating on the thanksgiving motion on the president’s speech delivered on January 9, the first sitting of the New Year session, highlighting the present government’s various development activities in different sectors.

The BNP MP claimed that the president’s speech is a mix of true and false information. ‘It is not a speech, rather it’s a book,’ he added.

‘The honourable president in his speech has said the Election Commission has performed its responsibility properly to hold a free, fair and inclusive election, which is totally untrue,’ said Harun.

Drawing attention of speaker Shirin Sharmin Chaudhury, who was presiding over the sitting at that time said, ‘Honourable speaker, the rules of procedure of parliament and the constitution has given you immense power. I think the untrue information the president provided in this book should be expunged.’

Awami League MP Mahbubul Alam Hanif, land minister Saifuzzaman Chowdhury, Rafiqul Islam, among others also participated in the discussion highlighting the government’s various success in different sectors.

Harun said that as per the constitution, people are the owner of the state but this has come to matter of illusion. The basic rights mentioned in the constitution are neglected, he said.

‘People are living in a fear and anxiety,’ he added.

Pointing to the Dhaka North and Dhaka South city corporation elections, he said attacks on the BNP’s mayoral candidate for DNCC prove that the government’s ill attempt and violent activities has increased as the election is approaching.

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