On Thursday, Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP), the opposition party of Bangladesh, returned to Parliament after 64 days of boycott. Speaker Abdul Hamid welcomed Khaleda Zia, the Chairperson of BNP and the coalition MPs as they entered the session.
BNP decided to rejoin Parliament, but they have brought with them a list of demands to ensure their stay. Zainul Abedin Farroque began the session by giving a 20 minute long speech in which these demands were presented.
Some of the demands that they had were the rearrangement of the opposition seats in the front row, appointment of deputy speaker and four heads of parliament standing committees from the opposition party, canceling the notice to end the lease of Khaleda Zia’s cantonment house, discussion of opposition’s adjournment motions, and withdrawal of cases against Khaleda Zia and her sons.
It was last week that BNP declared that they would rejoin the Parliament.