Dhaka, Nov 27 (UNB) – BNP has primarily nominated its 14 ex-MPs, known as ‘reformists’ for their role against the party during the 1/11 government in 2007, to contest the 11th parliamentary elections with its tickets.
A party senior leader said they nominated the reformists leaders as part of their reconciliation move and thus make the party stronger ahead of the election.
The reformists leaders who have so far got BNP tickets are Abu Hena (Rajshahi-4), Alamgir Kabir (Naogaon-6) Jahiruddin Swapan (Barishal-1) Sarder Sakhwat Hossain Bakul (Narsingdi-4), Shohidul Haque Jamal (Barishaal-2), Shohidul Haque Talukder (Patuakhali-2), Ataur Rahman Angur (Narayanganj-5), Elen Bhuttu (Jhalakati-2), Najir Hossain (Sunamganj-2), Ziaul Haque Mollah (Bagura-4), GM Siraj (Bagura-5), Mofiqul Hasan Tripti (Jashore-1), Abu Yusuf Khalilur Rahman (Joypurhat-2) and Naser Rahaman (Moulvibazar-3).
Of them, Alamgir Kabir and Abu Yusuf Khalilur Rahman deserted BNP in 2007 and joined Oli Ahmed-led LDP while the others became inactive in politics after 1/11 political changeover as they together with party’s then secretary general Abdul Manna Bhuiyan took position against the party seeking its vigorous reforms.
Besides, the party initially fielded children and relatives of its late and senior leaders as its candidates in different seats to use the popularity of their predecessors.
They include late party secretary general Delwar Hossain’s son Akhtar Hamid Dablu (Manikganj-2, late BNP standing committee members ASM Hanan Shah’s son Reazul Hannan (Gazipur-3), Tariqul Islam’s son Aninda Islam Amith (Jashore-1), Saifur Rahman’s son Naser Rahaman (Moulvibazar-3, later party leaders Shamsul Islam Khan’s son Mainul Islam Shanta (Manikganj-1), Harunur Rashid Khan Munnu’s daughter Afroza Khan Rita (Manikganj-3), Akhtar Hamid Siddiqui’s son Parvez Hamid Siddiqui (Naogaon-3), Mozhar Ali Prodhan’s son Masud Rana (Joupurhat-1), Nurul Huda’s son Tanvir Huda (Chandpur-2) and Kazi Anwar Hossain’s son Kazi Nazmul Hossain Tapash (Brahmanbaria-5).
Besides, late BNP leader Fazlur Rahman Patal’s wife Kamrunnahar Shirin (Natore-1) and missing Ilias Ali’s wife Tahsina Rushdir Luna (Sylhet-2) also got party tickets.
BNP standing committee member Jamiruddin Sircar’s son Naoshad Jamir also got nomination letter from Panchagarh-1 seat as his father opted not to be there in the race.
Dhaka, Nov 27 (UNB) - Election Commission Secretary Helal Uddin Ahmed on Tuesday asked the election contenders not to come with any procession or stage showdown while submitting their nomination papers to returning officers.
"The last day of submitting the nomination papers to returning officers is Wednesday. The candidates are urged not to bring any procession or showdown during the submission of nomination papers," he said while speaking at a press briefing at Nirbachan Bhaban.
He said aspirants cannot take more than 5-6 people with them while going to returning officers for submitting their nomination papers. “If anyone violates the rule, the Election Commission will take legal action against them," he said.
Replying to a query about the flag and stickers at the vehicles of ministers and MPs, Helal said they must use their private vehicles and lower the flag and stickers during the submission of nomination papers.
He said they have directed the returning officers to take action against those who have already started electioneering.
The EC secretary also said no candidate can use helicopter for election campaign. “Only the chiefs of political parties can use it but they can't drop any leaflet from the helicopter,” he said.
The Election Commission has planned to use Village Defence Party men in election activities for the 1st time, he said.
Dhaka, Nov 27 (UNB) - BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir on Tuesday said they will settle the seat-sharing issue with the partners of Jatiya Oikyafront after the scrutiny of nomination papers.
Talking to reporters at BNP Chairperson’s Gulshan office, he, however, said they have already completed the seat-sharing process with their partners from the 20-party alliance.
“We’ve given nomination to 800 leaders from our party. We’ve also nominated some leaders from the partners of the 20-party alliance,” the BNP leader said.
He said components of the Oikyafront are giving nomination independently to their candidates. “Once the scrutiny is over, we’ll settle the seat-sharing issue with them.”
Replying to a query about how many seats they have shared with their 20-party alliance partners, Fakhrul declined to disclose any specific number, saying it will be around 15.
About the seat-sharing with Oikyafront, he said they will decide it later after discussions.
Responding to another question, the BNP leader said they will not share more than 60 seats with their all alliance partners.
A BNP leader, wising anonymity, said their party is going to share seats with Jamaat-e-Islami, BJP, Bangladesh Khelafat Majlish, LDP, Jatiya Party (Zafar), Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam, NPP, Labour Party and Samyabadi Dal among the 20-party alliance partners.
However, a Jamaat leader claimed that BNP is going to share nearly 25 seats with them.
The last date for the submission of nomination papers is November 28 (Wednesday). All the candidates must submit the nomination papers by the deadline to contest the general election slated for December 30.
Dhaka, Nov 27 (UNB) – BNP on Tuesday alleged that the HC verdict that barred the persons jailed for more than two years with their appeals pending with courts cannot compete in the election has reflected the government’s will.
“We think this order has reflected the government’s desire,” said BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir.
Taking to reporters at BNP chairperson's Gulshan office before heading towards his home district in Thakuragon, he further said this order will in no way be accepted to people and they also cannot accept it. “We strongly condemn and protest it.”
Earlier in the day, the High Court said those who have been sentenced to over two years’ jail by a lower court in any graft case with appeal pending will not be allowed to contest elections.
The HC bench of Justice Md Nazrul Islam Talukder and Justice KM Hafizul Alam came up with the observation after rejecting separate petitions filed by five BNP leaders, including BNP chairperson’s adviser Amanullah Aman seeking stay on their conviction and sentence.
Fakrul also said this HC order ahead of the national election will undoubtedly raise many questions in public mind. “It [HC order] was passed so that the BNP chief cannot join the election.”
He went on saying, “We also think the order was given to resist Oikyafront and BNP and hamper the election as well as people’s right.”
Dhaka, Nov 27 (UNB) – The deadline for submission of nomination papers to contest the upcoming parliamentary elections expires on Wednesday.
Many candidates, including those from two major political camps of the Awami League-led Grand Alliance and Dr Kamal Hossain-led Jatiya Oikyafront, will file their nomination papers on the last day.
The aspirants will have to submit their nomination papers by 5pm on Wednesday to returning officers to run the 11th national election slated for December 30.
The nomination papers will be scrutinised on December 2 and the last date for withdrawal of candidature is December 9 as per the reschedule announced by the Election Commission.
Both the Grand Alliance and Jatiya Oikyafront have yet to come up with the formal announcement over their respective candidates for 300 constituencies across the country.
BNP, the largest partner of Jatiya Oikyafront, has initially picked more than one aspirants for each of many constituencies. The party is likely to pick its final candidates just before the expiry of the deadline for the withdrawal candidature.
On November 8, the EC first announced schedule for the general election fixing December 23 for balloting.
Amid demand from opposition political parties, the Commission on November 12 deferred the national election to December 30 from December 23.