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Prothom Alo is enemy of democracy'

Article 70 gives stability to government: PM

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PM JS Bangladesh National Parliament Jatiya Sangsad Bhaban House জাতীয় সংসদ ভবন পার্লামেন্ট Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina Wazed প্রধানমন্ত্রী শেখ হাসিনা Sheikh Hasina Prime Minister Bangladesh প্রধানমন্ত্রী শেখ হাসিনা hasina
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Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Monday came down heavily on a few parliament members as they are advocating against Article 70 in the Constitution despite the article has given sustainability to the government and thus the development.

“Article 70 has given protection to democracy alongside further strengthening it to reach its benefit to the people. But, a few of our (parliament) members are against the article as they are unable to play the game of seating and unseating the government,” she said.

The prime minister, also Leader of the House, was delivering the valedictory speech in the 22nd (special) session of the 11th parliament, marking the Golden Jubilee of the parliament with Speaker Dr Shirin Sharmin Chaudhury in the chair.

The Prime Minister said a few parliament members are expressing concern over Article 70 in the Constitution due to their inexperience, referring to the unseating of the governments formed after 1946 and 1954 elections mainly due to floor-crossing of the parliament members.

“Many are expressing concern over Article 70 in the Constitution. Those who are doing so, might have a lack of experience. Article 70 has given scope to our country to give the government stability, for which reason the country has witnessed development,” she said.

During his submission, Deputy Leader of the Opposition, Ghulam Muhammed Quader spoke about revoking Article 70 of the Constitution.

Earlier, the parliament held a special discussion in line with a resolution taken by the Prime Minister on April 7 under section 147 of the rules of procedure of the parliament.

President Abdul Hamid delivered a memorial speech in the parliament highlighting the country’s achievements.

Leader of the Opposition Raushon Ershad, Deputy Leader of the House Matia Chowdhury and Chief Whip Noor-E-Alam Chowdhury, also spoke in the parliament.

‘Prothom Alo is enemy of democracy and people’

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina came down heavily on the Prothom Alo saying that the Bengali language daily is the enemy of her ruling Awami League party, democracy and the people of the country.

“The name of the paper is Prothom Alo (first light), but it lives in darkness. Prothom Alo is the enemy of AL, democracy and the people of the country,” she told the parliament on Monday.

She said the newspaper asked a 7-year old child to tell a lie, handing him Tk 10. They recorded his remark –- ‘We want freedom of rice, fish and meat’— and published it.

“I am very sorry to say that they never want the stability to remain in this country,” she said.
Sheikh Hasina said the newspaper was very glad in 2007 when the emergency was declared and two newspapers got engaged wholeheartedly at that time.

Without mentioning the name, she also criticised the USA saying that the country talks against corruption, but they’ve been advocating for convicted persons in graft charges.

“They want to bring such a government here, scraping democracy, which would have no democratic existence –– (that means) undemocratic trend,” she said, adding that “some local (so-called) intellectuals who live on selling their intellects obey them.”

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