Cabinet size may be expanded: Quader

Prothom Alo English Desk | Update:

 Obaidul Quader. File PhotoAwami League general secretary Obaidul Quader on Monday said members of the new cabinet must deliver as per the election pledges of the party to retain their positions in the cabinet, reports UNB.

“Our prime minister is very serious about performances of the cabinet members. Her decision will be strict in this regard. Those who will fail to deliver will lose their positions,” he said while talking to reporters at the secretariat.

While forming the new cabinet, the prime minister gave emphasis on those districts from where there had been no minister for a long time and the new faces have been picked from those districts, he said.

“The people of the country have taken the new cabinet positively. The cabinet involving new and old ones will be more dynamic,” said the AL leader.

Responding to a question about the cabinet size, Quader said it might be expanded in the future.

Responding to another question about dropping senior leaders from the cabinet, the AL leader said, “It’s not a matter of exclusion as it can be seen as changes in responsibilities.”

The prime minister formed the new cabinet in that way so that the election promises could be implemented, Quader added.

Mentioning that the government and the party are two separate entities, he said senior leaders will work for making the party well-organised one.

A 47-member new cabinet, led by prime minister Sheikh Hasina, was sworn in at Bangabhaban at 3pm.

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