No MPs-elect of Oikyafront will take oath

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Staff Reporter:

Dismissing all claims of a rift in the Jatiya Oikyafront, the alliance leaders today said none of the Oikyafront lawmakers elected in the 11th national parliamentary elections will take oath.

Following a meeting of the steering committee members, Mostofa Mohsin Montu and ASM Abdur Rob told reporters this afternoon.

The controversy over a “crack” in the party came up after different online news portals and newspapers ran stories claiming that Oikyafront Convener Dr Kamal Hossain said two MPs-elect of the Gonoforum may take oath and join the 11th parliament.

“We want to say very clearly on the issue of elected lawmakers taking oath that there is no disagreement between the components of Jatiya Oikyafront,” Mohsin, general secretary of Gonoforum, a component of Oikyafront, said in a press release.

Rather following the December 30 “drama”, Jatiya Oikyafront is now more united to ensure the voting rights and other democratic rights of the people of the country, the press release said.

Dr Kamal Hossain’s statement at an extension meeting of the Gonoforum central committee yesterday on the issue of taking oath of the MPs-elect was merely a “misunderstanding”. “Dr Kamal did not in any way say this,” Montu said.

WHAT DID THE MEDIA REPORT?

According to a number of media outlets, Dr Kamal yesterday said two lawmakers-elect of the Gonoforum may take oath.

“We’ve rejected the election, but the way our two candidates came out successful in such an election through competition is their big achievement. So, we’re thinking positively about sending them to parliament,” said the Gonoforum chief.

He was addressing a press briefing at Bangladesh Shishu Kalyan Parishad after an extended meeting of the party.

Later, Gonoforum leader Sultan Mohammad Munsur, who was elected from Moulvibazar-2, told this correspondent that he and his party colleague Mukabbir Khan, elected from Sylhet-2, will take oath as lawmakers of 11th parliament.

Gonoforum, which earlier had termed the parliamentary polls a farce and demanded the Election Commission immediately hold a fresh election under a nonpartisan interim government. thedailystar.net

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