COMILLA, Feb 7 (UNB): Welcoming the main opposition party's intention to join parliament, ending a prolonged boycott, Prime Minister Khaleda Zia urged them to place their demands in the House as per rules of procedure as parliament cannot be conducted with "physical force".
"It is good to come to parliament -- speak what you have to tell. There are MPs' constitution and rules of procedure in parliament. If you can have it accepted in
parliament, we have nothing to say," she said of her main political opponent while addressing a big public meeting here Tuesday.
The public meeting was organised at Comilla Town Hall ground on the occasion of Prime Minister's unveiling foundation stone of Comilla University, a long-cherished demand of the people of this area.
Prime Minister Khaleda noted that nothing can be realised forcibly - one can speak "forcefully and loudly, but procedure of Jatiya Sangsad cannot be swayed with physical
Leader of the Opposition Sheikh Hasina announced from their recent post-long march rally that they would take their demands for electoral reforms to the House of parliament, but with a forewarning that they would again quit if they failed to get their pleas through.
The Prime Minister defended the existing caretaker-government system, saying that the last three consecutive general elections were held free, fair and neutrally under the caretaker system.
Criticising the opposition's repeated threats and deadlines to topple an elected government, Khaleda, also the chairperson of the ruling BNP, said failing to do anything finally they are speaking of joining parliament after abstaining days after days in last four years.
She said the people voted them to come to parliament to perform their responsibility.
The Prime Minister once again said they failed in all their attempts in the name of movement to embarrass or topple the government as well as to halt development as they did not get people's support.