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Our New Parliament January 31, 2014

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parliament-2Our new parliament that met on its first session on 29/1//2014 couldn’t impress much.
The editor of Daily Star,the leading English daily, Mahfuz Anam termed it as an ornamental Sangshad. Law Professor of Dhaka University Asif Nazrul looks at it as a unnatural object.
BNP General Secretary Mirja Fakhrul Islam sees it as stage of a circus.

An ordinary citizen

Parliament Passes Grameen Bank Law November 8, 2013

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parliament -1The present parliament passed Grameen Bank law at its fag end to convert the said ordinance of 1983 into law and to increase the Govt authority on the bank in the face of opposition from its founder Dr. Mohammad Yunus.
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Question of Legality of The Government October 27, 2013

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Khaleda Zia has labelled the present government illegal first from 25th October and then she corrected it and set it from 27th November 2013. She urges the Administration specially Police and RAB not to follow order of the Government from this day and not to kill and torture the opposition activists. (more…)

Talk Show -Citizens’ Parliament October 3, 2012

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Talk show is gradually becoming popular in Bangladesh. Talk show started in Channel Eye with Tritiya Matra (Third Dimension) hosted by Jillur Rahman, a young innovative media journalist. Tritiya Matra recently observed its anniversary. The get-together was attended by leading talk show experts of the country.
Tritiya Matra for long used to arrange talk show between elected members of the parliament. The idea was good but I could seldom enjoy the quarrel of the law makers. I was not impressed with the level of intellect they exposed in their deliberations.
Gradually other talk show expanded in different channels. The subjects also extended from political quarrels to constitutional, business and academic issues.

Talk show is now second to News in popularity. Every channel is telecasting multiple talk shows on different subjects. Among the subjects political issues drawing maximum viewers. Many experts draw the attention of the people by their critical analysis, independent opinion and sharp comments. Many of them are quite regular, others come occasionally. They are from different backgrounds-university teachers, Journalists , lawyers, politicians, business leaders etc.
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Political issues touch all the important events- some of the recent topics include Padma bridge, Hall Mark scam, caretaker government, Share Market crisis, Bank liquidity crisis, Grameen Bank, Dr. Yunus, forced disappearance, extra-judiciary killing etc.

One of the sad scenario of our time is that though their is an opposition but there is no participation of them in the parliament. Somehow people are getting glimpse of debate on important national issues from the talk shows.

Many expert opine that the talk shows become the alternative parliament and it becomes the citizens’ parliament.

An ordinary citizen

Parliamentary sessions and frustrating strategy of BNP May 29, 2011

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The budget session for 2011-12 has been started. The session is also important as the issue of the caretaker governmnet will be disucssed in the session for necessary reform.

8NP not yet joined the session and their joing in the session is stll uncertain.

BNP for this or that reason avoided the parliamentary sessions from the very begining. They started by the distribution of seats and then other issues came up, all not to join the parliament. The latest precondition that BNP laid as barrister moudud said is to wihdraw the cases against kahaleda zia. The nature of precondition indicates the bunkrupsy of policy of BNP. 
Though elected by the people as members of parliament, they gave the responsibility a priority. They never give it a serious thoughht that people want them to be in the parliament whatever the difficulty they are facing in and outside the parliament. 


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Constitutional reform: Maximum terms for PM, Article 70 etc April 23, 2011

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Constitutionl subcommittee under the co-chairman ship of Advocate Surunjit Sen Gupta is actively considering the reforms to be made in the constititutin. Though Supreme Court in an earlier judgment laid down the necessary reform to revert back to 1972 constitution , the subkcommittee is probably thinking more to consider.

Parliament is needed to endorse the judgement/amendments to transform it into law. Bnp , the main opposition party alleges that the government is distoring the supreme court judgment to serve its own purpose. They expressed that any amendment without the consent of the opposition will not be acceptable to the people. They also demanded consensus of the people in any major changes of the constitution.The subcommittee asked the opposion leaders, PM and his team to sit with the committee. It is also inviting the legal experts to suggest their ideas to the committee.

But will the experts of the constitution and sub-committees also consider the maximum term that a prime minister can hold? In many countries the term is restricted for maximum for two terms. This is thought for bringing new ideas and new skill in governance and thwart the tendency for democratic autocracy among the elcted rulers. Bangladsh should also consider the same for nourisihing better democratic environement.

The other thing the committee can consider is to ammend the article 70 where the elected members of the parliament are tied to the party in expressing and giving votes according to the decision of the party. The members should be free to express their ideas except in no-confidence motion.

An ordinary citizen

BNP should join the parliamentary sessions June 6, 2009

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Bangladesh ParliamentThe Budget session is started. On the 11th of June the Finance Minister MA Muhith will place the first budget of the new government to the nation. The FM  declared that the budget will be a big one surpassing 1 lakh crore of Taka with big share for ADB, though many experts caution the government against the big budget.

The Budget session may also discuss the some national vital issues like Transit, Timaimukh,BDR Report etc.  

BNP is still not in a decision to join the session on the plea that the government is not allocationg  enough seats in the front row. If BNP take it too sensitively , they will miss the Budget session.

But the ordinary citizens want them to be in the Budget session. For the people it is important that the budget would be  critically screened and the national issues will be discussed in detail for which the presence of opposion is manditory.

If BNP does not attend the sesion, it will be looser more than the government party and people will be deprived from  a lively session.

BNP should avoid the old tactics and try to understand the changed attitudes and aspirations of people where parties will be judged on  the positive contribution of the parties in strengthening the democracy and the country.

People will understand the state of the opposition but at the same time they expect the oppostion to be vibrant in the parliament.

An ordinary citizen

Postscript:

18/10/09
BNP also skipped the session during the Ramazan on the same plea.

BNP is avoiding the present session also despite the repeated plea from the Speaker.

Who would escape a class for days together- not necessary a good student, a bad student would always search excuse to avoid his lessons.

BNP plea has turned into a lame excuse and only exposing its weakness as a party and its lack of commitment in parliamentary practice. Their members of parliament will remain backbenchers not only physically but also in quality of parliamentary debate.

BNP is not only in frustration, it is frustrating the people. The days of negative politics is over. The people will judge you on the degree of positive contribution you made to the country and for the democracy.

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On Politics of BNP- Abdul Quiyum in Prothom Alo(bn)

Media vs Parliament in Bangladesh February 14, 2009

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Parliament is in session, the first session of the new government. People observed with enthusiasm the inuguaration of the new parliament. They appreciated the gesture of the members of the new parliament on the first day. But as the time passes, the parliament is loosing its lustre.

BNP is not attending the parliament on the plea of seat distribution. Speaker so far couldn’t solve the problem. The Government party is still adament on their argument on distribution of seats.

The ordinary citizen tried to concentrate on the parliamentary session but he is loosing his concentration as the attendence in the parliament is becoming thinner in the treasury bench also and there is virtually no sign of debate or difference of opinion on any issue.

People divert their atttention more to the media- to the news and talk shows of different channels. Here they can see and encounter both the government and the oppostion. The are informed of different developments and their explanation. They can even ask questions directly to the lawmakers in the talk shows.

It is said that media played the role of parliament during the emergency period of the Caretaker Government. Is it continuing it’s role of alternative parliament during this newly elected government?

Media is to convey the news of the parliament as expected. Now, media is producing news of itself of matters which should have been discussed in the parliament.

The government should think the matter seriously and in no way should deem the importance of parliament to the media and to the people.

People had great expectation on this parliament and the opportunity shouldn’t be missed showing unnecessary rigidity on silly matters.

An ordinary citizen

MPs should only be law makers November 14, 2007

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Aspiration of political leaders in our country is to become Member of Parliament In recent years more and more businessmen,, retired beaucrates, retired army officers and active or retired professionals are coming into the race.

To be an MP opens up the roads to many opportunities. He is at the same time a law maker/policy maker , virtually chief executive of his constituency and executioner of the development fund.

As the all the power and privileges are concentrated in the single hand in a sense, there is every chance of exploitation of the privilege of the position. This is in fact has given the surge of corruption by the politicians in our country.

The ordinary citizen thinks that a member of parliament should only be the law maker or policy maker. He should not be given executive assignment except for the ministers who would be the executive head of their respective ministries and the prime minister who would be the head of the state and will carry out the job as assigned by the constitution. The MP at best will play advisory role in different committees of his constituency and be member of the different committees of the parliament.

This segregation of role of law making will discourage the money hungry politicians and black moneyed businessmen and illiterates for becoming MP, on the other hand it will encourage seasoned politicians, intellectuals and literates to compete for the post. The civil society representatives also will get the opportunity to trade the path .

The other people who prefer executive status and prefer to involve with developmental activities they should be given the opportunity to participate in the local body elections at the upazilla and zilla level.

This separation of role of law making from role of political executives will make our parliament more vibrant and more effective. People will not quarrel in the parliament on political issues in the budget sessions days after days.

 

An ordinary citizen

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