Dhaka, Jan 6 (UNB) – Trashing media reports on a rift in their alliance, Jatiya Oikyafront senior leader on Sunday said no elected MPs of their coalition is going to take oath.
“No one of Oikyafront MPs will take oath. Oikyafront will remain intact and it won’t face a split,” said Jatiya Samajtantrik Dal President ASM Abdur Rob.
He came up with the comments while talking to reporters after a meeting of the steering committee of Oikyafront at Dr Kamal Hossain’s Motijheel chamber.
Gano Forum general secretary Mostafa Mohsin Montu said some online portals and newspapers raised questions about the unity of the Jatiya Oikyafront over a comment of Dr Kamal Hossain at Gano Forums’ extended meeting.
He said Dr Kamal Hossain in no way said Gano Forum’s elected MPs will take oath. “We hope there’ll be no misunderstanding over the issue.”
Montu said they want to clearly say that there is no disunity in the Jatiya Oikyafront over taking oath of its elected MPs. “Rather, Jatiya Oikyafront is more united than in the past and will remain so to realise people’s voting and other rights after the farce on December 30.”
Montu said, “We aren’t taking oath now. I would like to say clearly that no Gono Forum MP will take oath.”
Mentioning that Jatiya Oikyafront turned down the farce in the name of election on December 30, he said their alliance will continue its programme demanding the election under a non-party neutral government.
BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir, Abdur Rob, Krishak Sramik Janata League president Abdul Kader Siddiqui, Nagorik Oikya convener Mahmudur Rahman Manna, Gano forum executive president Subrata Chowdhury and Mostafa Mohshin Montu were, among others, present at the meeting held with Dr Kamal Hossain in the chair.
On Saturday, Kamal Hossain said, “We’ve rejected the election, but the way our two candidates came out successful in such an election through competition is their big achievement. So, we’re thinking positively about sending them to Parliament,” he said.
Dr Kamal, also the convener of Jatiya Oikyafront, came up with the remarks at a press conference at Bangladesh ShishuKalyan Parishad after an extended meeting of the party.
He said their two MPs can play a positive and meaningful role in parliament after taking oath. “If others (BNP MPs) think it won’t be possible for them to play a good role in parliament, they may take decision in their own ways.”
Dhaka, Jan 6 (UNB) – Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan Kamal and Law Minister Anisul Huq received phone calls from the cabinet division to take oath as ministers on Sunday.
Sources at the cabinet division said phone calls are being made to members of the new cabinet since Sunday noon.
Cabinet Secretary Mohammad Shafiul Alam will announce the names of members of the new cabinet around 5pm today.
Dhaka, Jan 5 (UNB) – Jatiya Party cochairman GM Quader on Saturday said their party aims to be a strong opposition in parliament to raise their voice for people’s welfare.
“We want to be a strong opposition in parliament to speak up in favour of people instead of indulging in violence,” he said.
GM Quader, who was also appointed deputy opposition leader in the 11th parliament, came up with the remark while talking to reporters at Jatiya Party chairman’s Banani office.
He said they will play the role of the main opposition for the smooth functioning of parliament while their party chairman HM Ershad will act as the Leader of the Opposition in Parliament.
The Jatiya Party leader said Ershad’s health condition is now good, and he will take oath as an MP very soon after taking a schedule of the Speaker of parliament.
He said their party will play a positive role in parliament in the interest of the country and no Jatiya Party MP will be there in the Cabinet this time.
Jatiya Party which joined the election as the key partner of the Grand Alliance bagged 22 seats.
Party senior cochairman Raushon Ershad was the opposition leader in 10th parliament while some party MPs had joined the cabinet.
Noakhali, Jan 5 (UNB) – Stating that the government now stands quicksand, BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir on Saturday urged the people of all walks of life to turn their grief into strength to ‘defeat’ Awami League.
“The grief and enthusiasm I’ve witnessed here among the youth, it must be translated into strength. They (govt) are standing on quicksand and they’ve already turned into the enemies of people,” he said.
Speaking at a views-exchange meeting, Fakhrul further said, “So, we need only unity to defeat them (Awami League). We must beat them through people’s unity.”
Jatiyatabadi Ainjibi Oikyafront arranged the programme at Noakhali Bar Association auditorium in the afternoon.
The BNP secretary general alleged that the government together with all the state machinery swopped on the people of Bangladesh on December 30, 2018 and stanched their rights, the same way Pakistani occupation forces did it on March 25, 1971.
Fakhrul said people could not put up any resistance and protect their rights on December 30 as they were not organised and disciplined. “We must come up with a resistance. We tried to beat them through the election, but we couldn’t do that. It doesn’t mean we’ve lost everything. We’ll stand up again and get reorganised and disciplined to take revenge on those raped my sister and set fire to the houses of my brothers. We’ll surely be successful.”
Expressing deep sympathy for those subjected to election violence in Noakhali and at different parts of the country, he urged BNP leaders and activists to work for strengthening their organisational strength to face political issues politically.
The BNP leader also urged the lawyers to provide all-out legal support to those who fell victims to election violence.
Jatiya Samajtantrik Dal (JSD-Rob) president ASM Abdur Rob, Krishak Sramik Janata League president Abdur Kader Siddiqui, BNP vice chairmen Mohammad Shahjahan, Supreme Court Bar Association secretary Mahbubuddin Khokon and Noakhali Bar Association president ABM Jakaria, among others, spoke at the programme.
Earlier, Fakhrul together with Oikyafront leaders visited Subarnachar gang-rape victim at Noakhali General Hospital.
They started their journey for Noakhali from BNP chairperson’s Gulshan office around 7am and reached Noakhali General Hospital around 12:30 pm.
Dhaka, Jan 5 (UNB) – Gano Forum President Dr Kamal Hossain on Saturday said their party is thinking positively for sending its two newly elected MPs to the 11th Parliament.
“We’ve rejected the election, but the way our two candidates came out successful in such an election through competition is their big achievement. So, we’re thinking positively about sending them to Parliament,” he said.
Dr Kamal, also the leader of Jatiya Oikyafront, came up with the remarks at a press conference at Bangladesh Shishu Kalyan Parishad after an extended meeting of the party.
He thinks that it will not create any problem with its alliance partner BNP if their two elected MPs join parliament though BNP has already decided not to join it.
Dr Kamal said their two MPs can play a positive and meaningful role in parliament after taking oath. “If others (BNP MPs) think it won’t be possible for them to paly a good role in parliament they may take decision in their line of thinking.”
He, however, said the Jatiya Oikyafront will remain intact to create pressure on the government. “We’ve formed Oikyafront so that we can realise our demand for ensuring a free and fair election. We believe that if Oikyafront functions effectively we’ll be able to mount pressure on the government over the election and force it to discharge its duties obeying laws.”
The Gano Forum chief said their party is in favour of keeping the unity with BNP in principle and will take a positive decision in this regard after discussions.
Dr Kamal said Oikyafront has continued its movement and they may intensify it further in the days to come.
Asked what will be his position about Jamaat’s presence in Oikyafront, the Gano Forum president said the Islamic party is with the BNP-led 20-partry, not with Oikyafront.
Replying to a question, Dr Kamal said they may move the court over the election if they get the evidence of serious allegation of vote frauds. “Normally, we shouldn’t file repeated cases over political issues. But we must consider filing cases if we get the grievous allegations.”
About the December-30 national election, he said the reports they got from their leaders across the country are very regrettable as a fair election was harmed in many ways.
He said a representative democracy is not ensured if people cannot freely and fairly exercise their right to franchise. “The way the election was held it was an onslaught on constitution. People can enjoy their ownership of the country if they can properly cast their votes.”
Dr Kamal also said a constitutional crisis is created when voting process is hampered and electoral laws are defied. “As per the reports we’re getting, the government is violating the constitutional rules one after another. We’re worried about a constitutional crisis as the government disobeying the constitution. A question may also arise whether it’s an elected government.”
Earlier in a written speech, Gano Forum executive president Mostafa Mohsin Montu said the neutral election process was made dysfunctional by stuffing ‘70-80 percent’ ballots at most polling stations the night before the voting.
“No one of them is elected whom the Election Commission announced elected through a farcical election on December 30. No one of the MPs who have been included in the Election Commission’s gazette is a public representative. We’ve already turned down the election with hatred. We strongly demand an immediate election under a non-party neutral government and a neutral Election Commission,” he said.
Otherwise, Montu said, they will restore the ‘lost’ democracy through a democratic movement together with people.
“An impartial election, functional democracy and the rule of law will surely be ensured soon in Bangladesh if people remain united,” he added.