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4 technocrat ministers quit

WT24 Desk

The four technocrat ministers in Sheikh Hasina’s cabinet tendered their resignation to the Cabinet Division yesterday, hours after the prime minister asked them to step down, Agencies report.

The outgoing ministers include religious affairs minister Matiur Rahman, expatriate welfare and overseas employment minister Nurul Islam BSc, science and technology minister Yeafesh Osman and telecommunications and information technology minister Mustafa Jabbar.

The prime minister’s instruction came at an unscheduled discussion at the cabinet meeting held at the Prime Minister’s Office.

“According to an apex court observation, there is no scope for inclusion of unelected individuals in the election-time cabinet,” Hasina was quoted by a senior minister as saying at the meeting.

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