JS may witness uproar as it goes into session today

Parliament, which goes into its 17th session today, may witness uproar over the Supreme Court verdict on the 16th Amendment to the Constitution.


Both treasury and opposition bench lawmakers aggrieved over the apex court verdict that voided the 16th Amendment are waiting to speak up on the issue.


Lawmakers are set to discuss the issue in the House taking the floor on point of order.


“I must speak in parliament if discussion is held on the SC verdict,” lawmaker Fazilatun Nasa Bappy told daily sun.


The 17th session of the 10th parliament will begin at 5:00pm with Speaker Shirin Sharmin Chaudhury in the chair.


Before the beginning of the session, the Business Advisory Committee headed by the Speaker will sit for a meeting to fix the tenure of the session.


Prime Minister and Leader of the House Sheikh Hasina will also attend the meeting.


According to the Rule 220 of the Rules of Procedure, the function of the committee is to recommend the time that should be allocated for discussion of the stage or stages of such government bills and other business as the Speaker, in consultation with the Leader of the House, may direct for being referred to the committee.


Taking the floor on point of order, treasury and opposition lawmakers on July 9 expressed strong resentment over the apex court verdict on the 16th Amendment.


The Supreme Court on July 3 rejected the government’s appeal against the High Court verdict that declared illegal the 16th Amendment to the Constitution.


The full text of the verdict was released on August 3.


The incumbent government in 2014 amended the constitution to restore parliament’s authority to impeach judges on grounds of misconduct or incapacity.


Government’s relations with the Chief Justice Surendra Kumar Sinha has turned bitter as he made some objectionable remarks in the full-text of the verdict.


The ruling party says that some objectionable remarks have been put in the full-text of the verdict belittling Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and parliament.


Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, also the president of the ruling Awami League, at a recent public meeting, hinted that they will run discussions on the SC verdict.


“I have been taking notes of irrelevant and contradictory statements. We must discuss the issue in parliament,” she said.


Sources at the Parliament Secretariat said that the session will be short-lived as the President summoned the session going by constitutional provision.


As per the constitution, the President must convene a session by 60 days from the last sitting of the last session.


The last parliamentary session (budget session) was prorogued on July 13 with the passage of seven bills.


Parliament on June 29 passed the budget of Tk 4,00,266 lakh crore amid some vital changes by revising excise duty on bank accounts and halting implementation of the Value Added Tax law with uniform 15 per cent VAT for another two years in the finance bill.

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