Procedure not correct, Speaker says about Sohel Taj’s resignation
Speaker Abdul Hamid says Tanjim Ahmed Sohel Taj has not maintained correct procedure in tendering his resignation as Member of Parliament, indicating that he won’t accept it.
So, Hamid said, he will not give his decision on vacating Gazipur-4 seat, the constituency of Sohel Taj who sent in resignation Monday from the USA through his personal aide Abu Kawser.
Kawser gave the signed resignation letter of Sohel Taj to the speaker’s personal assistant, Shamim Hossain, as Abdul Hamid was out of Dhaka on Monday.
The speaker’s decision is a key to vacating the seat. If the resignation is accepted, the speaker will then ask the election commission to declare the seat vacant and hold by-poll.
“I have to be sure whether he actually resigned as he has not come in person and submitted the resignation to me. So, I cannot give my decision without looking into the procedures,” Hamid said on Tuesday at his office in the afternoon.
If he had really resigned, the resignation letter must have been attested by the ambassador of the US to prove its authenticity.
“This is not the way that someone should come with a resignation letter of a lawmaker and I should accept it,” said Hamid.
Sohel Taj sent a two-line computer composed letter to the speaker saying he resigned as per the article 67 (2) of the constitution. He signed the letter.
”I don’t know Kawser; he should have waited to see me and hand over the resignation letter to me,” he further said.
In that case, I could have talked to the honourable MP and given my decision,” said Hamid adding: “So I can’t give my decision on the matter right now.”
The parliament secretariat sources said Mahfuzur Rahman, the secretary to the parliament secretariat, Tuesday afternoon handed over the letter to Hamid.
Meanwhile, parliamentary experts say the constitution has contradictory versions on the procedures of resignation of Lawmakers.
In the Bangla version the article 67 (2) of the constitution says the lawmakers can resign by submitting resignations with their signatures while English version says MPs must submit hand-written resignation letters.
Again the rule 177 (1) of the Rules of Procedure says the MPs must submit hand-written application for resignation.
Bangla version will get priority for the interpretation of the constitution. So, Sohel Taj has resigned in proper way,” Prof Nizam Uddin Ahmed, a teacher of Chittagong University, said on Tuesday.
Nizam has several books on Bangladesh’s parliamentary democracy to his credit.