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Prime Minister Hasina asks People of Bangladesh to Remain Vigilant against Undemocratic Elements


The Prime Minister of Bangladesh Sheikh Hasina, on Sunday called on people to remain watchful so that none could halt the democratic process which had been deterred time and again by extra-constitutional means.

The prime minister while inaugurating a four-day orientation program for the newly elected lawmakers, lauded the common people for resisting formation of a king’s party during the two years of the military-backed government and asked parliament members to work sincerely for the people’s causes.
She called upon the opposition lawmakers to join parliamentary proceedings and make parliament the centre of all activities.
Sheikh Hasina observed that parliamentary practices had not flourished at its desired level as a result of recurrent extra-constitutional interventions. Repeated martial law and state of emergency in the case of last two years had deterred the democratic process.
The process of elections was also vitiated because of formation of political parties in the post-martial law periods and handpicking of certain politicians to have two-thirds majority in parliament for legitimizing the extra-constitutional actions, she added.

The United States-based National Democratic Institution for International Affairs, the United Stares Agency for International Development and some other organizations arranged the orientation program for 171 first-time MPs of the ninth parliament in association with the parliament secretariat.

The Jatiya Sangsad speaker, Abdul Hamid, welcomed the lawmakers and the guests while the Indian Lok Sabha speaker Somnath Chatterjee narrated his experience as a parliamentarian at the inaugural session at the Pan Pacific Sonargaon Hotel.
The Indian speaker advised the new MPs to learn more about delivering in parliament saying not all the people should necessarily have expertise in every subject. A lawmaker does not need to speak on every issue, rather he should be subject-specific.
He also advised his Bangladeshi counterpart to introduce groups of lawmakers on women affairs, children affairs, climate change and water conservation.

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