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Many lawmakers, ministers found irregular in JS

PM annoyed

Mustafizur Rahman

Prime minister Sheikh Hasina on Monday expressed her annoyance at the cabinet members and Awami League lawmakers for not attending the parliament session on a regular basis.
Presiding over the weekly cabinet meeting at the secretariat, Sheikh Hasina asked the ministers and state ministers to be present on time in parliament session without fail. 
‘I do not want to listen to any excuse. You all must attend parliament session on time. If you have to sign files of your ministries, you can bring those to your office in parliament,’ a minister quoted the prime minister as having said at the cabinet meeting.
Sheikh Hasina came down heavily on the errant cabinet members and asked them not to stay outside the House while session was going on, the minister told New Age. 
Many lawmakers remain outside the House during session on the plea that the ministers concerned were absent during question hours, he added.
‘This is why the prime minister is annoyed with the ministers for being irregular in attending the parliament session,’ the minister explained. 
It has been reported that many lawmakers including the opposition leader have been casual in attending the session with  some ministers and MPs taking a nap, chatting, reading newspapers or roaming around changing their seats during business hours.
Most of the lawmakers did not enter the House on time in last few days as the controversial 10th Jatiya Sangsad began its session on January 29 with Ershad-led Jatiya Party in the opposition.
The speaker, Shirin Sharmin Chaudhury, at an orientation programme for new MPs recently advised them to stay in their respective seats in the House, but it hardly had any impact.  

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