Ganaforum, a major partner of the Jatiya Oikyafront, expelled Mohammad Muhammad Mansur immediately after he took oath as a member of the 11th Parliament, ignoring the party's decision, yesterday (Thursday).
Ganaforum general secretary Mostafa Mohsin Montu made the announcement at a press conference at the Forum’s office in Motijheel at 4:00pm.
The party issued a letter to Mansur, stating that his primary membership has been cancelled and he has been expelled from the party and relieved from membership of the steering committee of the Oikyafront for his anti-organisation, anti-people and anti-parliamentary activities.
When contacted, Sultan Mansur, one of the two Ganaforum MPs-elect, declined to make any comment on the Forum’s decision, saying that a "comment is not necessary".
Earlier, Speaker Shirin Sharmin Chaudhury administered Mansur the oath at Jatiya Sangsad at 11:00am.
Meanwhile, Ganaforum’s Mokabbir Khan, who was supposed to take oath along with Mansur, did not take oath yesterday. He informed the Speaker that he would not be able to take oath on the day for unavoidable reasons.
Sultan Mansur, also a steering committee member of the Jatiya Oikyafront, however, told reporters that he took the oath after informing the party’s top leader.
“I am a representative of Jatiya Oikyafront. I have taken the decision (to take oath) as a representative of the front. I can only say that I have done it after informing the matter to the top leader (Dr Kamal) of the Oikyafront,” he said.
Mansur further said: “They (party) will take their decision and I will play my role. They can take any decision as a party. Please wait for their decision and also see my role.”
He called upon the seven other Jatiya Oikyafront lawmakers-elect to take the oath and speak for the people in Parliament and outside. On Saturday, two Ganaforum lawmakers wrote to the Speaker expressing their willingness to take oath on March 7. A letter, signed by Ganaforum general secretary Mostafa Mohsin Montu, said people are extremely frustrated and aggrieved with Mansur for taking oath.
Mansur, a former Awami League leader and former vice-president of the DUCSU, contested the December 30 parliamentary election from Moulvibazar-2 and won the seat on the “sheaf of paddy” symbol under the banner of Ganaforum.
Sultan Mansur was elected from the Moulvibazar-2 constituency and Mokabbir Khan from Sylhet-2.
The BNP, the major partner of the opposition alliance, yesterday termed Mohammad Mansur’s oath-taking as an act of fraudulence. “His party (Ganaforum) has said it’ll take action against him. I just want to say they’ll turn into enemies of the people for political fraudulence,” said BNP senior joint secretary general, Ruhul Kabir Rizvi at a press conference at the party’s central office. Asked whether it was the BNP’s wrong decision to have allowed Mansur to use its election symbol, Rizvi declined to make any comment. Meanwhile, Attorney General Mahbubey Alam, in a comment over the Ganaforum’s expulsion of Sultan Mansur, said the parliamentary membership of Sultan Mansur will not be cancelled as he neither resigned from the party nor voted against the party.
As per Article 70 of the constitution membership of a lawmaker will be vacated if he or she resigns from the party or votes in parliament against the party, he told a news outlet.
As per Article 70 of the Constitution, “A person elected as a member of Parliament at an election at which he was nominated as a candidate by a political party shall vacate his seat if he –(a) Resigns from that party; or (b) Votes in Parliament against that party; but shall not thereby be disqualified for subsequent election as a member of Parliament.”
The BNP, along with Ganaforum and some other parties, joined the December 30 national election in an alliance under the banner of the Jatiya Oikyafront. The BNP bagged six seats and Ganaforum two. The alliance turned down the election results, alleging “massive vote robbery” and decided not to join Parliament.
As per Article 67 (1), a Member of Parliament shall vacate his/her seat if he/she fails to take oath within 90 days from the date of the first meeting of Parliament after his election. The first session of the 11th Parliament began on January 29 and all the ruling party lawmakers had earlier taken oath accordingly.