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WHIPS IN THE BANGLADESH PARLIAMENT


He or she has to keep the Leader informed of the Members’ opinion and desire and convey his/her wishes to the party Members. He has to lead the Members of Parliament in all parliamentary affairs as directed by him. The Chief Whip’s main duties


include advising the government on parliamentary business and maintaining close liaison with the


Ministers concerned. Another major duty is the mapping out of the time of the session. The responsibilities of the Chief Whip and other Whips have been chalked out in the Bangladesh (Whips) Order 1972 which reads:


5. (1) The Chief Whip shall be responsible for:


a) Keeping Members of the Parliament supplied with


information about the business of Parliament;


b) Securing the attendance of the Members at the session of Parliament;


c) Arranging the business of each sitting of Parliament;


d) Performing such other functions as may be assigned to him by the government or as may be prescribed;


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Above: A bazaar in Old Dhaka, Bangladesh.


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