PM Sheikh Hasina names 29 member polls Cabinet
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina formed a 29 member government yesterday which has been described a ‘Polls time administration’. Following the appointment of a number of new ministers on 18th November this new administration is supposed to take the country into national elections before 24th January 2014.
The only problem with this is that the opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) has said that it will not participate in an election led by the Prime Minister. Instead it insists that a non-party administration headed by a ‘respected’ citizen chosen by all parties should take the country into an election. The BNP has shown that it has the power and support to disrupt the country after a series of strikes which have crippled daily life across the country.
The international community has also raised concerns with a US Congressional hearing yesterday calling on both parties to work together and the European Parliament calling for calm and a dialogue to achieve a peaceful election.
There were some signs that the Prime Minister might be moving towards some sort of consensus when she initiated a dialogue with a senior BNP figure at a public event. But the two sides seem to be miles apart and whichever side gives in will be severely weakened.
The formal notice of the formation of the new government as it appeared on the Press Information Department website is as follows:
“Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina Yesterday Formed A 29-member Polls Time Cabinet. The Cabinet Division Published A Gazette Notification On The Cabinet With 21 Ministers And Seven State Ministers. The Pm Will Oversee The Cabinet Division, Public Administration Ministry, Defence Ministry And The Armed Forces Division. She Will Also Be In Charge Of The Home And Law Ministries Till Further Notice”.
The ministers and their portfolios as gazetted are as follows:
|Amir Hossain Amu||Land and Disaster Management|
|Tofail Ahmed||Industries and Public Works|
|Rashed Khan Menon||Telecommunications|
|Ruhul Amin Hawlader||Civil Aviation|
|Anisul Islam Mahmud||Water Resources|
|Abul Maal Abdul Muhith||Finance|
|Matia Chowdhury||Agriculture and Fisheries|
|Abdul Latif Siddique||Science and Jute|
|Syed Ashraful Islam||LGRD and Cooperatives|
|Khandaker Mosharraf Hossain||Expatriates’ Welfare and Labour|
|Ramesh Chandra Sen||Food|
|Hasanul Haq Inu||Information and Cultural Affairs|
|Nurul Islam Nahid||Education and Primary Education|
|Shahjahan Khan||Shipping and Liberation War Affairs|
|Hasan Mahmud||Environment ministry|
|Abul Hasan Mahmood Ali||Foreign Affairs|
|Mujibul Haque||Railway and Religious Affairs|
|Mujibul Haque||Youth and Sports|
|Salma Islam||Women and Children Affairs|
|Dipankar Talukdar||Chittagong Hill Tracts affairs|
|Promode Mankin||Social Welfare|
|Shamsul Haque Tuku||Home Affairs|