BNP lawmakers have been directed by the party’s acting Chairman Tarique Rahman to be vocal during today’s budget session in parliament, said party insiders.
After a six-year gap, BNP MPs will join the budget session of the parliament that started on Tuesday.
Tarique has asked the lawmakers to play a vibrant role in the session, a senior leader of the party, wishing anonymity, said.
On Monday night, Tarique gave the directive through a Skype meeting with senior party leaders at BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia’s Gulshan office.
Tarique also asked those leaders to form a “Shadow parliamentary committee” to advice the lawmakers on parliamentary affairs.
BNP Secretary General Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir, standing committee members Khandakar Mosharraf Hossain, Jamiruddin Sircar, Abdul Moyeen Khan, Amir Khosru Mahmud Chowdhury and senior BNP leader Syed Moazzem Hossain Alal are in the shadow parliamentary committee, sources said.
“We will be in parliament, and following the parliamentary rules and procedures, we will raise our voices on important issues but we will not do anything that hampers the atmosphere…,” said a BNP lawmaker, wishing anonymity.
Five BNP lawmakers and two Oikyafront lawmakers were elected in the last parliamentary polls on December 30, which the BNP leaders had termed a “farcical election”.
The party had repeatedly said that it will not join parliament. However, in the final day of oath taking, BNP lawmakers, except Fakhrul, took oath.
The last time BNP lawmakers joined the parliamentary budget session was in 2013 when the budget was placed on June 7.
The party had boycotted the 2014 election, which was why it did not have representation in the parliament.
On the very first day of this parliamentary budget session, BNP MP Rumeen Farhana (Reserved Seat-50) lambasted the government saying the parliament was “constituted through a faulty election” and that it was an “illegal parliament. The remarks created a stir during the session.