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Opposition in Bangladesh  decides to Rejoin Parliament


The decision was taken at a meeting of the BNP -led opposition members of the parliament (MPs) chaired by opposition leader Begum Khaleda Zia at her office in the parliament on Sunday.

Chief whip Joynal Abedin Faruq told the reporters after the meeting that they had decided to rejoin the parliament as the Speaker has assured us to change the seating order in the House offering us more seats in the front row, Opposition

Some meeting sources confirmed that the opposition would join the session from Monday, if nothing happens to deter them. The opposition walked out on Jan 28, from the Parliament.

All the 32 opposition MPs of the 300-seat parliament joined the meeting which began at 4.30pm on Sunday.
The meeting condemned the government for not offering the opposition leader due protocol and security when she went to the Shaheed Minar on February 21 to pay homage to the language martyrs, said Faruq.

The Opposition Chief Whip criticized the government for the law and order situation.

Asked how many seats in the front row have been offered to the opposition, he said, "Number of seats have not been discussed. They will give us satisfactory seats."

The boycott of parliament by the opposition began over a row as Speaker Abdul Hamid offered them proportionately four seats changing the seating arrangement made by former speaker Jamiruddin Sircar, who alloted BNP MPs nine seats in the first row.

Speaker Abdul Hamid held a meeting with the chief whips of the ruling and opposition parties at the end of last week.

The Speaker has reportedly offered more front row seats to the opposition for the next parliamentary session.

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