Minister of Road Transport and Bridges Obaidul Quader said that the size of the cabinet may increase after the election of MPs in the reserved women’s seats of the National Parliament. He said this in response to reporters’ questions after a meeting with the Russian ambassador to Bangladesh, Alexander V. Mantitsky, at the Secretariat on Monday (February 12). There is a rumor that the scope of the cabinet is increasing, when asked, Obaidul Quader said, “The prime minister can say that.” However, from time to time in some places such as the Ministry of Labor and the Ministry of Sanskrit (where ministers and state ministers have not yet been given), ministers will come at some point. “It seems to me that after the reserved seats for women come, the minister can come,” he said. As such afterthoughts. He will do it under the jurisdiction of the Prime Minister. Awami League won 223 seats, Independents 62 and Jatiya Party won 11 seats in the 12th National Assembly elections. Jatiya Samajtantrik Dal, Bangladesh Workers Party and Bangladesh Kalyan Party won one seat each. The new cabinet was formed on January 11. 37 members of the new cabinet including the Prime Minister. The new cabinet consists of 25 ministers and 11 ministers of state. The Ministry of Labor and Employment and the Ministry of Cultural Affairs are vacant. It is said that the Cabinet Department is already preparing for the appointment of more new Ministers of State. 12 cars have been kept ready. Officials of the Cabinet Department are awaiting instructions from the Prime Minister. In the meantime, the Election Commission (EC) has announced the election schedule for 50 reserved seats for women in the National Parliament. As per the schedule, polling will be held on March 14. However, parties or alliances usually nominate single candidates in reserved seats for women. As a result, voting is not required here. Nomination papers can be submitted on February 18 from 9 am to 4 pm for reserved women seats. Nomination papers will be selected on February 19 and 20. Nomination papers can be withdrawn till February 25.