"The president breached his oath by not holding election within 90 days as
stipulated in the Constitution. Following that the country was under the rule
of an unconstitutional government for two years. So, we cannot hear the speech
of the president," said BNP leader Salahuddin Quader Chowdhury, MP, after
staging a brief walk out from the House under the leadership of the opposition
leader and BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia.
stage when the Speaker announced in the House that President Prof Dr Iajuddin
Ahmed would now address the Jatiya Sangsad, BNP leader Salahuddin Quader
Chowdhury, MP, demanded floor from the Speaker to say something but the Speaker
did not allow him the floor.
the address of the President of the republic, he said, without using a mike,
that the BNP-led four-party alliance would boycott the Parliament during the
address of President Professor Dr Iajuddin Ahmed for his failure to hold the
parliamentary election within 90 stipulated days upholding the Constitution and
democracy for which he took oath as the President of the republic.
Later, the BNP-led four-party alliance led by Khaleda Zia staged a walkout from
in the inaugural session, the parliament unanimously elected Advocate Abdul
Hamid as the speaker and Col (retd) Shawkat Ali as deputy speaker of the House.
The first session of the Jatiya Sangsad started soon after the arrival of the
outgoing speaker Barrister Jamiruddin Sircar at around 3.15 in the afternoon.
In the beginning, the outgoing speaker made welcome speech and then conducted
the election for the posts of the Speaker and the Deputy Speaker. Barrister
Sircar said that only one nomination was dropped for the post of Speaker of the
House, which was tabled by Chief Whip Vice-Principal Abdus Shahid MP and was
seconded by Whip Segupta Yasmin Emily MP, naming veteran parliamentarian
Advocate Abdul Hamid