Position of 60 AL MPs shaky: PMKhadimul Islam
The prime minister Sheikh Hasina, on Monday expressed doubt about re-election of party lawmakers in 60 out of the 234 constituencies it holds, in the next polls scheduled for January 2014.
Hasina told the Awami League Parliamentary Party meeting that the positions of her party lawmakers in 30 constituencies were not satisfactory and the chances of retaining the 30 other constituencies were 50-50.
Referring to a survey on the positions of the 234 party lawmakers, Hasina, also president of the Awami League, said the party’s condition in about 175 constituencies was ‘better’ for re-election.
‘In 30 constituencies, our position is bad while our chances of retaining the 30 other seats are 50-50. But, in the rest of the constituencies [174 out of the 234 that Awami League won in the last polls] our chances are bright,’ a ruling party lawmaker from Rajshahi quoted Hasina as telling the meeting in the parliament building.
The Awami League chief urged the lawmakers to get prepared for the next elections as per the constitutional provision.
Hasina made it clear that the ninth parliament would be dissolved on October 25, 2013 and the 10th parliamentary polls would take place by January 25, 2014 as per the constitutional provision.
The AL general secretary, Syed Ashraful Islam, asked the lawmakers ‘not to brandish pistols’ to get elected in the next polls.
He warned them that development works in the constituencies were not enough for their re-election.
The Awami League has 234 out of the total 300 lawmakers directly elected by the people. A party or alliance winning 151 constituencies can form the government.
Israfil Alam, lawmaker for Naogaon 6, said that the prime minister had instructed them to project the achievements of the government in the last three years.
Referring to the performance of the first-time MPs, Syed Ashraf said that the lawmakers must settle their disputes with the local leaders and activists who had played a crucial role in their being elected.
‘Doing some development work at the grassroots is not enough for re-election. You have to behave well; you must not brandish pistols,’ deputy speaker Shawkat Ali
quoted Syed Ashraf as telling the meeting.
Syed Ashraf, however, did not name Gias Uddin who last month had fired shots at protesters in Gafargaon, his constituency, in Mymensingh.
Chief whip Abdus Shahid said that the party leaders had made it clear that the MPs must abide by the party disciplines.
Some of the party lawmakers raised the issue of power outages that embarrassed them in their constituencies.
But the prime minister told parliament of her government’s success in producing additional electricity during the last-three-and-a-half years.
‘We made a commitment in our election manifesto to produce 5,000 megawatts of electricity, but we have produced 5,400 megawatts – more than what we had promised,’ said Hasina.
Amir Hossain Amu said that power outages had not stopped and suggested that the government should not allow new connections of electricity.
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