Dhaka, Dec 17 (UNB) - Jatiya Party (JaPa) presidium member Md Azam Khan on Monday sought security from the Election Commission (EC) as well as its cooperation to conduct election campaign smoothly as ruling party leaders and activists are barring his election campaign in Nasingdi-2 (Palash) and Naryanganj-1 (Rupganj) constituencies.
He also alleged that his wife Rahela Parvin Shishir who has been contesting as a Jatiya Party candidate from Gazipur-5 (Kaliganj) has also being barred from conducting electioneering by the ruling party men.
He submitted a written complain to the EC in this regard in the morning.
Azam also alleged that the local Awami Leagues and its front organisations have forced the leaders and activists of the Jatiya Party for working in favor of the party.
He requested the EC to take legal action after a fair investigation on the allegations as well to ensure his and his wife's security alongside creating scope for smooth campaign for the upcoming national election.
Dhaka, Dec 17 (UNB) - Jatiya Oikyafront chief Dr Kamal Hossain on Monday warned that the county’s situation may take a serious turn anytime if obstacles are created towards holding a fair and credible election.
“I would like to warn that if any obstacle is created towards holding a fair election and any move is taken to retain power by force, the country’s situation will take a ‘dangerous’ turn which is not expected by anyone,” he said while releasing the alliance’s manifesto at a city hotel on Monday.
The Oikyafront chief called upon all to remain alert about the government’s various moves and be vocal with courage to ensure a credible election.
“Time has come for the country’s people to put up a resistance and take back their ownership of the country through united efforts, he observed.
Dr Kamal urged voters to go to polling stations on December 30 to exercise their right to franchise and check irregularities. “December 30 will be a day of mass upsurge.”
Describing the arrest of opposition activists involved in election activities as an illegal act, he claimed that around of 1900 leaders and activists of their alliance were arrested across the country over the last a few days. “It’s a matter of national shame.”
The Oikyafront chief urged the police not to arrest opposition activists by obeying any illegal order. “I would like to remind the police that abiding by any illegal order is a crime.”
He called upon the Inspector General of Police (IGP) to uphold the reputation he gained over the years, and take steps to stop the indiscriminate arrest of opposition activists just 10 to 12 days before the national election
Voicing deep concern over the attacks on Oikyafront candidates and their supporters, Dr Kamal said, “I remain engage in election activities for over 50 years, but never saw such a situation in the past. Every candidate has been subjected to attacks.”
BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir said the Oikyafront’s manifesto has been formulated based on people’s demands and desires.
He hoped that people will defeat those who are trying to destroy the spirit of the Liberation War and snatch all democratic rights through casting their votes on December 30 bereaving all obstacles.
Jatiya Oikyafront rolled out its 35-point election manifesto with various promises, including ensuring the balance between the power of the President and the Prime Minister, and introducing upper house in Parliament.
Dhaka, Dec 17 (UNB) - Jatiya Oikyafront on Monday rolled out its 35-point election manifesto with various promises, including ensuring the balance between the power of the President and the Prime Minister, and introducing upper house in Parliament, to restore people’s ownership of the country if it is voted to power through the upcoming polls.
Chief of the alliance Dr Kamal Hossain unveiled the election manifesto at a city hotel on Monday also with a pledge to ensure democracy so that one-party rule cannot take root in the country.
“We announce the Jatiya Oikyafront’s election charter. It’s a manifesto of people. We’ve formulated it based on public opinion for people’s welfare. We believe people’s ownership of the country will be restored through the voting,” he said.
Later, Nagorik Oikya convener Mahmudur Rahman Manna red out the 21-page election manifesto of the alliance.
“If Jatiya Oikyafront gets the responsibility for governing the country through winning the election, it’ll ensure the welfare of the country’s all citizens. National unity, not the political vengeance, will be our main principle in running the government,” he said.
As per the Constitution, people are the owner of all power of the republic, Manna said, adding that, not only those who will win the election, but also those who will suffer defeat and their leaders and activists will be the owners of the country if Oikyafront comes to power. “We’ll take the opinions of opposition parties in governing the country,” he added.
In its manifesto, the alliance said a truth and reconciliation commission comprising noted educationists, social workers and lawyers, will be constituted to investigate and resolve the enforced disappearances, extrajudicial killings and false cases filed in the last 10 years.
“The enforced disappearance and extrajudicial killings will completely be stopped. The security of citizens and their freedom of expression will be ensured,” Oikyafront promised.
The opposition alliance also promised to scrap the Digital Security Act.
It said there will be no age limit for government jobs except those of police and the armed forces while a commission will be formed to examine the state capacity and implement a plan to introduce unemployment allowance for those educated jobless person above the age of 30.
The alliance said there will be no quota in public jobs, except for the backward people and physically challenged ones.
It pledged to carry out investigations into the incidents of corruption that took place under the current government and will bring those responsible for graft to justice.
Manna said they will also take immediate steps to resolve the water-sharing disputes of the common rivers, including Teesta, and Rohingya-related issues and other bilateral problems through discussions.
He also pledged that Oikyafront will form a ministry for minorities and stop repression on them if it comes to power.
“An upper chamber of parliament will be created while article 70 of the constitution will be amended through discussion with all,” Manna said.
He said they will also take steps for ensuring a balance between the power of the President and the Prime Minister, while deputy speaker in parliament will be elected from opposition MPs.
Manna also said the trial of war criminals will continue if Oikyafront forms the government.
The some other promises of Oikya front includes, stopping torture in police remand and arrest of people in civil dress, ensuring compensation for those have been made accused in false cases, showing zero tolerance to sexual and verbal harassment of women, preventing dowry, forming an independent commission comprising eminent citizens and opposition MPs for all important appointments, including those of judges, filling up vacant posts in government services by the next three years, examining the justification of formation of provincial government, investigating the plundering in banking sector, reforming the health sector, bringing down the cost of medical treatment, introducing health cards for all and appointing an ombudsman for bringing discipline in the health sector.
The alliance also pledges to revoke PSC and JSC examinations, introduce unified admission test in all public universities, reduce the number of reserved seats for women to 10 percent from 15 percent, but ensure nomination of at least 20 percent women candidates for the parliamentary polls, strengthen further the relationship with India based on equality, join the projects valuable for Bangladesh under the One Belt, One Road initiative by China, ensure freedom of press, encourage investigative journalism, announce regular wage board for journalists, ensure the security of journalists in discharging their duties, reduce call rates of mobile phone and internet, and send a new satellite into the space.
BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir, Jatiya Samajtantrik Dal president ASM Abdur Rob, Krishak Sramik Janata League president Abdul Kader Siddiqui, Gano Forum leaders Subrata Chowdhury, Mostafa Mohsin Montu, Dr Reza Kibria and Gonoshasthya Kendra founder Dr Zafrullah Chowdhury were, among others, present.
Thakurgaon, Dec 17 (UNB) – At least four activists of Secchasebok Dal were injured in a reported clash with members of Jubo League and Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) in Madarganj area of sadar upazila centering tearing up of BNP candidate Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir’s posters.
One of the injured, Rahimanpur union Sechhasebok Dal leader Abu Sayem Porag claimed that when they were sticking posters of Mirza Fakhrul in the area around 8 am, the leaders and activists of Jubo League and BCL obstructed them and torn down the posters which triggered the clash.
However, Md Mostafa, general secretary of Sadar Upazila Jubo League, denied the allegation.
Being informed about a clash, a police team went to the spot, said Mostafizur Rahman, officer-in-charge of Sadar Police Station.
Faridpur, Dec 16 (UNB) – Awami League candidate for Faridpur-3 constituency Khandker Mosharraf Hossain on Sunday alleged that BNP contestant Chowdhury Kamal Ibne Yusuf is in a secret entente with Chief Election Commissioner KM Nurul Huda.
He made the allegation while addressing an election rally at Sarda Sundari Girls’ School field in the district town.
Mosharraf, also LGRD and Cooperatives Minister, said he received a phone call from the Election Commission when they wanted to know about Yusuf’s allegation that the BNP contestant was being obstructed from carrying out electioneering.
“I phoned the CEC to talk to him over the allegation, but he didn’t receive my call. Even, he didn’t call me back showing courtesy. Isn’t it EC’s partiality? They've certainly an entente with the Commission,” he said, adding that the CEC cannot behave like this.
The ruling party contender also alleged that the BNP candidate has lost his sense to differentiate the good and the bad as leaders and activists of his party and people have no participation in his electioneering.
He claimed that Yusuf was bringing such allegations as he was looking for a way to quit the election race.