Parliament’s winter session from Jan 27

Parliament will convene its winter session on Jan 27.

It will be 16th sitting of the ninth Parliament.

President Mohammad Zillur Rahman on Monday summoned Parliament into the session in line with the constitutional obligation of holding a sitting within 60 days of the previous one.

Before the assembly sits at 3:30pm, the Business Advisory Committee (BAC) will fix the duration and other business proceedings of the session, Speaker’s Personal Secretary Joynal Abedin told on Monday.

As per constitutional provision, the President will address the inauguration of the session, the first one in the New Year, highlighting the government activities.

The 15th session began on Nov 14 and continued until Nov 29.

Speaker Abdul Hamid in the last session urged the opposition lawmakers to join Parliament in the following sitting for the sake of the ‘healthy functioning of democracy’.

The main opposition BNP and the like-minded parties have been boycotting Parliament since the 13th session.

After a prolonged absence for 83 consecutive working days, Opposition leader Khaleda Zia had joined proceedings on Mar 18.

Participating in the thanks-giving motion on President’s address, Khaleda delivered a one-hour and 53-minute speech, the lengthiest by any of the Opposition chiefs in the history of Bangladesh.

As they met at a reception on the occasion of the Armed Forces Day at Senakunja in Dhaka Cantonment on Nov 21, Speaker Hamid requested Khaleda to return to the House. In response, the BNP Chairperson asked the Speaker to create a congenial atmosphere for opposition to join Parliament.


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