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SPEAKER of the Parliament, Abdul Hamid, yesterday turned down all 21 notices from BNP-led opposition lawmakers for holding discussions on various issues adjourning other scheduled businesses of the House.(Full report)

The opposition lawmakers in their notices, submitted to the parliament secretariat, demanded discussions on ‘violation of the constitution by the immediate past caretaker government led by Dr Fakhruddin Ahmed’, law and order situation, post parliamentary election violence, price hike of essentials, fertilizer crisis, unusual voter turn out in the parliamentary election, etc.

In defence of his action, the speaker said the notices regarding the law and order situation could be addressed under existing laws while the subjects of some other notices were based on assumptions.

“So, the notices could not be accepted for discussion,” Hamid told the House while scrapping them, evoking haunting memories of the last parliament among observers.

Referring to the content of a notice regarding harassment of an upazila executive officer in his own constituency, Speaker Hamid said the perpetrator had been arrested.

“The matter is under investigation and the law will take its own course,” Hamid said.


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