Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday termed the Jatiya Oikyafront's decision not to join parliament a political mistake and urged the MPs-elect from the alliance to join the House.
“Now those who got a few seats participating in the [December 30 general] election are not coming to parliament. They are doing this in a huff. I think they've taken a wrong political decision,” she said while replying to a question from Jatiya Party MP Fakhrul Imam (Mymensingh-8).
“I would like to call upon all who got elected to join parliament and speak their words,” she said, adding, “If they participate in parliament proceedings, they will get the scope for raising their voice, if they have any issue.”
“I don't know why they are losing the chance,” she said.
The prime minister claimed that much before the parliamentary election, the country's people had decided to vote for “Boat”, the electoral symbol of her party Awami League. They finally did vote for it as they reaped the benefits of development in the last 10 years of AL ruling, she said.
Talking about pre-election dialogues, Hasina said she had invited all political parties to talks and sat with them in a good atmosphere.
During the discussions, she said, she had urged all to participate in the polls. “We wanted to build our country together.”
The PM reiterated that she would stay in her village home to spend her retirement as the greenery of villages always attracts her.
“I was born and raised in a village, frolicking and smearing mud on myself, jumping in ponds and climbing trees,” she said adding that although she left her village at one stage, her attraction for it never ended.
Hasina said she loved the open environment of villages, instead of the brick-rocked urban life.
Replying to another question, the prime minister placed a list of 97 heads of states and governments as well as important world leaders and organisations who have greeted her for being re-elected PM. Jatiya Party lawmaker Fakhrul Imam raised the question on behalf of JP MP Rustum Ali Faraji (Pirojpur-3) in his absence.
Replying to a query from AL MP Mamunur Rashid Kiron (Noakhali-3), Hasina said the government would take legal steps against those who would try to destroy peace and the image of the country through propaganda.
If there is any attempt to foil the existing communal harmony, the government will deal with it with an iron hand, she warned.
Responding to a starred question from AL MP Aslam Hossain Saudagar (Kurigram-1), Hasina said the process of conducting feasibility studies was underway for the construction of subways or underground metros to ease the capital's traffic congestion.
She added a feasibility study had been already completed over the construction of a 39.24km elevated expressway from Baliapur of Savar to Nangalbandha of Narayanganj via Nimtoli, Keraniganj, Fatulla and Bandar areas.
Besides, she mentioned, a project proposal was at the Planning Commission for conducting feasibility study for the construction of a tunnel under the Jamuna River with the government's own finance.
PRY CURRICULUM TO BE REVISED
Hasina yesterday also told parliament that the government had taken a decision for revising the primary education curriculum by 2019-20.
“The decision has been made for introducing fresh educational activities in primary schools,” she said replying to a question from Awami League MP Mohammad Shahiduzzaman (Meherpur-2).
The prime minister said the curriculum from pre-primary level to Class-V would be modified within 2019-20. Textbooks, to be printed in line with new curriculum, would be handed to students the next year.