Treasury bench MPs continue to slam president
The thanksgiving motion on the president's address to the ninth parliament is turning into a censure motion as treasury bench lawmakers yesterday continued to slate the president for his "controversial" role.
Discussing the president's speech, delivered on the inaugural day of the ninth parliament, the lawmakers blasted President Iajuddin Ahmed for "failing to discharge his constitutional duties".
They said the president kept mum during the five-year "misrule" of the BNP-led alliance government and Fakhruddin Ahmed-led caretaker government's "unconstitutional activities".
Now the question is whether the parliament will pass the thanksgiving motion or a censure motion. It will be an unprecedented incident if the parliament passes a motion censuring the president for his activities.
Talking to The Daily Star yesterday a number of senior AL lawmakers said they could not recall any instance of treasury bench lawmakers criticising the president in such a way.
Awami League (AL) lawmaker Noni Gopal Mandal during the discussion in the House said he could not thank the president considering how far he has moved away from his ethics.
"I could have thanked the president if he had spoken about the dark episodes of the BNP-led government's regime," AL lawmaker Mustak Ahmed said.
AL lawmaker Kamal Ahmed Majumder, who was detained by joint forces during the caretaker government rule, said the president failed to discharge his duties. "They had me detained without trial violating the constitution. But the president remained silent," Majumder said in an oblique reference to the president's constitutional jurisdiction to ensure accountability of the caretaker government.
Two ruling party lawmakers including Fazle Rabbi Mia, however, appreciated the president's address as he mentioned Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman as father of the nation. "For this, the president deserves thanks," Rabbi said.
Mostaf Faruk Mohammad thanked the president for administering the oath taking ceremony of ministers.
AL lawmaker AKM Awal Sayedur Rahman questioned the election of Iajuddin Ahmed as president. He said Prof Badruddoza Chowdhury was forced to step down from presidency and then Iajuddin Ahmed was elected president.
A number of ruling party lawmakers criticised former speaker Jamiruddin Sircar for "creating the trouble over seating arrangement in the House".
The House was adjourned around 9:30pm and is scheduled to resume at 4:45pm today.