Posts, Telecommunications and Information Technology Minister Abdul Latif Siddique was finally removed from the cabinet on Sunday, 15 days after his derogatory comments against hajj, Islam, Tablig Jamaat and Sajib Wazed Joy.
At a press briefing, cabinet secretary Muhammad Musharraf Hossain Bhuiyan said this while talking to report-ers yesterday following Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s meeting with President Abdul Hamid at Bangabhaban.
He also read out a gazette notification issued to this end.
As per the notification, the President ordered the removal of the minister from the cabinet according to Article 58 (1) (C) of the constitution.
At a views-exchange meeting with expatriates from Tangail in New York on September 28 Latif Siddique made disparaging remarks about hajj, one of the main pillars of Islam, and Tablig Jamaat.
He said: “During hajj, too much of manpower is wasted. Over 20 lakh people have gone to Saudi Arabia to perform hajj. They’ve no work, no production and they only cause deduction.”
“Some 20 lakh Tablig Jamaat people get together annually who don’t do any work except halting traffic move-ment across the country,” he added.
Latif Siddiqui finally removed