Oppn MPs likely to join to save memberships
Finance Minister AMA Muhith will place his last budget on June 6, as the current regime is going to complete its tenure at the year-end.
Most of the opposition lawmakers are likely to lose their membership in this session as they abstained from Parliament for almost 90 consecutive days.
According to the rules of procedure, an MP cannot refrain from attending parliament sessions for more than 90 days in a row.
Parliament is set to see an historic event when Dr Shirin Sharmin Chowdhury will start presiding over the session on June 3 as the first female Speaker of the country. She is also the country’s first Parliament Speaker elected from a seat reserved for women.
President Abdul Hamid summoned the budget session today (Tuesday) which will begin at 5:30 pm on the day.
The last session of parliament ended on April 30 with the main opposition boycotting it.
As of the 17th session of Parliament that ended on April 30, opposition leader Khaleda Zia remained absent from the House for 83 consecutive days.
Article 67 of the Constitution of Bangladesh specifies that members of parliament who remain absent for 90 consecutive working days will automatically lose their memberships.
The Parliamentary Business Advisory Committee, headed by the Speaker, will sit to determine the length of the budget session before the next Parliament session starts.