DHAKA: The 11th session of the ninth Jatiya Sangsad is going to start on Thursday without the participation of main opposition BNP.
The proceedings of the session are scheduled to kick off at 4:00pm.
The 10th session of the parliament ended on August 25. Eleven bills were submitted for this session, of which nine bills are under the consideration of the different parliamentary committees.
As per the parliament secretariat, the members of the main opposition BNP and its alliances remained absent for 187 days in the present parliament, out of a total of 241 working days in the last 10 sessions. BNP was present only on 54 working days of the present parliament.
Out of the last 10 sessions, BNP was absent in the second, third, sixth, seventh, ninth and 10th session. It attended the fifth session for only one day.
After a long absence of 74 days in a row, the members of BNP-led four-party alliance joined the eights session on March 15, on the 29th working day of that session.
BNP chairperson and leader of the oppositions Khaleda Zia, out 241 working days in total, attended the parliament only for six days.
BNP lawmaker Salauddin Quader Chowdhury, detained on allegations of crimes against humanity during the liberation war, remained absent in the sessions for 117 days in a stretch.
According to the sources, it is almost certain that BNP is going to boycott this parliament session also like the other two previous sessions.
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