Will seek explanation over no allies in Cabinet: Menon

Bangla Tribune Report
Published : 20:41, Jan 07, 2019 | Updated : 21:01, Jan 07, 2019

This undated file photo shows Workers Party of Bangladesh chief Rashed Khan Menon speaks at a progamme.Workers’ Party of Bangladesh chief Rashed Khan Menon has said that they will seek an explanation from the ruling Awami League-led the 14-party Alliance over allies being dropped from the Cabinet.

His remarks came on Monday (Jan 7) during a farewell ceremony on his last day at office at the Social Welfare ministry.

“We will discuss the issue (within the alliance) as well as likely to seek an explanation,” Menon told the media.

Speaking to Bangla Tribune later, Menon said that the 14-party Alliance coordinator will be asked to explain why the allies were not kept in the administration.

In her Cabinet for the straight third term, Awami League chief Sheikh Hasina has broken the tradition of including representatives from allies in her administration. She has chosen to begin her fourth term with a party-exclusive cabinet, which was sworn in on Monday (Jan7).

Following an astounding landslide victory in the 11th parliamentary polls held on Dec 30, Hasina dropped 34 members from her previous administration making way for 27 new faces.

Her 46-strong Cabinet features 24 ministers, 19 minister of states and three deputy ministers.