President Zillur Rahman on Monday sought an end to
"politics of confrontation" and made a clarion call to the opposition
to join the sessions of the parliament.
"Tolerance for others' opinion is the basis of democratic practice and
with this view in mind we should stop practicing confrontational
politics," he said while delivering the inaugural address of this year's
first session of the 9th parliament at the Jatiya Sangsad here.
This was the President's first address to the Parliament
after getting elected to the presidency under the regime of the Awami
League-led Grand Alliance government.
He stressed on coming out of the practice of 'opposing
for the sake of it'. Parliament is the vital center for exercising democracy.
For ensuring good governance “the honorable Members of Parliament have great
responsibility of setting up a model of accountability of all the branches of
government under state management," he said.
In his 25-minute speech, the President said lawmakers from all parties are
accountable to the people and the entire nation expects an effective
parliament, the core centre of democratic practice, with everybody's
He called upon all the MPs to stay above all kinds of malice and hatred,
personal and parochial interests and participate in the House in a creative,
effective and active way for establishing democracy.
He noted that as a result of the active role of the parliamentary committees
there has been marked accountability in the function of the government.