DHAKA, Nov 26 (BSS) - Awami League General Secretary and Local Government Minister Syed Ashraful Islam MP said the present government believes in gender equality in the parliamentary representation.
"We don't believe in the reserved seats for women in parliament------. We want to see parliament with equal number of male and female MPs," the minister said while speaking at the Awami League Parliamentary Board which was interviewing 170 nomination seekers in the five women reserved seats.
Among others, Deputy Leader of Parliament Syeda Sajeda Chowdhury, Amir Hossain Amu, Tofail Ahmed, Suranjit Sengupta, Kazi Zafor Ullah and Obaidul Quader were present .
Syed Ashraf said Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has taken outstanding initiatives to ensure women development in a larger scale.
"Meantime, 19 women MPs were elected to the jatiya sangsad through direct elections," he said hoping that the number would go up in the future..
He said, " Awami League as a party is proud to have women leaderships in all spheres."
The AL general secretary said, "It's really a very difficult task to finalise five out of 179 candidates who submitted nomination papers against the five seats."
Syed Ashraf, one behalf of the Prime Minister, thanked the MP candidates who submitted their nomination papers.
As per the 15th amendment to the constitution, the reserved seats for women have been increased five, raising the total number to 50.
According to the Election Commission rules, AL will get all the five seats on the basis of the number of seats in the ninth parliament.