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Bangla parliament goes into session amid opposition boycott

The ninth parliament of Bangladesh went into its third session today amid opposition boycott over a seating arrangement and renewed call by the Speaker asking ex-premier Khaleda Zia's BNP to join the house.

world Updated: Sep 07, 2009 12:27 IST

The ninth parliament of Bangladesh went into its third session today amid opposition boycott over a seating arrangement and renewed call by the Speaker asking ex-premier Khaleda Zia's BNP to join the house.



"It is good if you raise your demands on the parliament floor," Abdul Hamid said.



Opposition chief whip Zainul Abdin Farroque yesterday told reporters that the BNP's parliamentary wing would sit shortly to decide if the party should join the session as they were abstaining from the parliamentary proceedings since January demanding more seats in the front row of the house.



The seating arrangement row exposed the parliament to a difficult state as it was laid out on proportionate basis in terms of party membership in parliament as suggested by the ruling Awami League of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina while BNP demanded more seats for their senior leaders.



The controversy erupted as Hamid changed the seating arrangement laid out by his predecessor Jamiruddin Sircar in the opening session of the house in January this year had given the opposition lawmakers nine seats in the front row and 12 in the second row ignoring a treasury bench proposal.