No session, no journalist
Security personnel at Jatiya Sangsad Bhaban did not allow journalists inside the parliament building on "instructions from the speaker".
A number of newsmen, who went to cover meetings of the housing committee and other special committees, found it difficult to cover the events yesterday afternoon.
Although the newsmen showed accreditation cards and special passes issued to them for covering parliament sessions, they were obstructed at the entrance. Security personnel said they did not have permission to allow journalists inside.
When contacted, Deputy Sergeant at Arms Asaduzzaman Chowdhury came to the entrance and said he talked to the speaker who asked him not to allow any journalist inside.
Quoting the speaker Asaduzzaman also said, "As there is no parliament session today, journalists will not be allowed inside."
When journalists said important meetings are going on inside the Sangsad Bhaban, he cited security measures and said, "You rather wait outside and cover it when lawmakers come out after the meeting."
However, security personnel allowed some 60 persons who came from Hossainpur of Kishoreganj to congratulate the speaker, inside without any major checking.
Two reporters managed to enter the parliament building with the Hossainpur delegates but security personnel did not ask them anything.