Md. Jahidur Rahman Jahid , who was elected member of parliament (MP) from Thakurgaon-3 constituency on the BNP ticket, was sworn-in as a lawmaker.
Jatiya Sangsad (JS) Speaker Dr Shirin Sharmin Chowdhury administered the oath of office to him at a ceremony at Jatiya Sangsad Bhaban here this morning, a JS spokesman told.
Chief Whip Noor-e-Alam Chowdhury, Whip Iqbalur Rahim and Whip Abu Sayeed Al-Mahmud Swapon were present on the occasion.
Senior Secretary of the parliamentary secretariat Dr Zafar Ahmed Khan conducted the oath-taking ceremony.
After the ceremony, Jahid also signed the oath-taking book for MPs.
Talking to journalists after swearing-in as lawmaker, Jahidur said: ‘People elected me as their representative at the parliament. It is their expectation that I take oath and take responsibility of my constituency and the country.’
‘I took the oath against the party’s decision. The party might expel me for this. Even if I get expelled, I will stay beside BNP,’ Jahidur said.
‘For 30 long years I have worked for the party on the field. This is the fourth time I contested in the election. This constituency has never been won by BNP after the independence until this time,’ the lawmaker added.
Asked if he had discussed the matter with the party, Jahidur said he had discussed in this regard and got no approval from the party.
“BNP’s decision of not joining the parliament is final till now,” he said.
‘I will speak for the release of my leader (Khaleda Zia) at the parliament. She is an elderly woman aged 73 years. For the sake of democracy, I will press for her release. This is my vow as a lawmaker,’ Jahidur said.
The BNP-led Jatiya Oikyafront got eight seats in the December 30 national elections. Of them, BNP secured six seats.
In the meantime, the two Gonoforum MPs have already taken oath.