Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has spoken of her hopes to return to parliament as its leader again in probably her final address before the Awami League government runs its term. The 23rd session is apparently the last of the 10th parliament as the election-time government will only do routine jobs. The prime minister also said in the beginning of her speech on Monday that it would be the last session of this parliament if nothing unwanted like war occurred.
“We will return again, to this parliament,” Hasina said on Monday, quoting from Jibanananda Das famous poem Abar Asibo Fire.
She again emphasised the need for a party to stay in power for development to continue uninterrupted.
She urged the people to vote the Awami League to power again so that it can complete the megaprojects it had taken.
In the two consecutive tenures, the Hasina administration started 10 megaprojects like the Padma bridge, Mass Rapid Transit development in Dhaka, Sonadia deep seaport, Rooppur Nuclear Power Plant, Matarbarhi Power Plant, Karnaphuli tunnel, Dohazari-Ramu-Coxs Bazar-Ghumdhum rail link, Payra seaport and floating LNG terminal in Moheshkhali.
“We need some more time to complete the schemes taken to build a beautiful future for our next generations. The people of Bangladesh have the powers to give us the time we need,” Hasina said.
“We will of course reach the goals weve set if the people vote us and give us the scope to serve them again. We will take the country forward.”
“Bangladesh now knows what development is. The people will surely vote for our boat logo,” she added.
The leader of the house also hailed the Jatiya Party for making “no offensive, barbaric remarks unlike the oppositions of the past parliament”.
The opposition continued showing its support to the government also on the last day of the session.
“The prime minister has sympathy for the people. She encourages us to work with her presence in parliament,” Leader of the Opposition Raushon Ershad said.
“Active participation of both parties has set an example of making parliament effective,” Speaker Shirin Sharmin Chaudhury said.
The 10th parliament, however, was often criticised for the opposition Jatiya Partys “dual role”.
With the BNP outside parliament after its boycott of the 2014 election, Jatiya Party is the main opposition in parliament.
But it also has its leaders as ministers in the government. For playing the role both in government and opposition, the BNP terms Jatiya Party domesticated opposition.
Jatiya Party Senior Co-Chairman Raushon is the Leader of the Opposition in Parliament, while her husband HM Ershad, the chairman, is the prime ministers special envoy. The party has three of its leaders in the cabinet.