Dhaka, Dec 15 (UNB) – BNP candidate for Dhaka-8 constituency Mirza Abbas and his supporters came under attack allegedly by ruling party activists during his election campaign at Segunbagicha here on Saturday.
A group of 30-40 ruling party activists wielding rods sticks attacked Mirza Abbas and his supporters near Segunbagicha kitchen market around 12pm, the BNP leader’s media coordinator, Nahid Nazrul, told UNB.
He said at least 60 people were injured in the attack.
Nazrul said police arrested some injured BNP activists instead of resisting the attackers.
Later, at a press conference at his Shahjahanpur residence, Abbas said, “I could have died had I not been saved by my leaders and activists during the attack.”
He strongly condemned and protested the attack.
The BNP leader said the ‘cadres’ of Jubo League and Chhatra League under the protection of police attacked him and his supporters during the election campaign at Segunbagicha. ”They beat my leaders and activists mercilessly with rods and sticks, leaving at least 60 of them injured.”
He said a good number of his supports were admitted to a hospital with serious injuries.
Before the campaign, Abbas said he sent separate letters to Ramna and Shahbagh police stations to ensure his security during the campaign. “But, they didn’t take any step in this regard.”
Even, the BNP candidate said, he requested two police officials to prevent the attackers, but they did not act.
Abbas said he will continue to conduct campaign braving the attacks and repressions.
Bagerhat, Dec 15 (UNB) – Awami League candidate Sheikh Sarhan Naser Tonmoy on Saturday said his ambition was to serve the people instead of becoming a political leader.
“I am a minor activist of Awami League’s Bagerhat municipality unit. I want to work with the people,” the Bagerhat-2 constituency aspirant told a women’s rally at the Sadar Upazila.
“We have to cooperate with each other,” said Tonmoy, the nephew of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina.
“We do not believe in political practices involving terrorism, arson and vengeance,” he said, urging the people to vote for the Awami League to continue the trend of development.
He also distributed leaflets and requested the people to unite and work for the ruling party.
Tonmoy also joined election rallies in the Sadar Upazila’s Sundorghona, Gotapata and Mukkhait areas.
Noakhali, Dec 15 (UNB) - BNP senior leader Moudud Ahmed on Saturday claimed that election commission is working under the full control of the present government.
The BNP standing committee member came up with the allegation while addressing a press briefing at Noakhali Ainjibi Samity auditorium on Satuday.
The briefing was arranged to protest the attack on BNP rallies, arrest of the party’s leaders and activists, obstructing the party’s campaign, biasness of the administration as well as threatening BNP leaders and activists and others.
Moudud said, “We expect the civil administrations including police will work under the election commission and the commission will play a neutral rule by performing their duties appropriately.”
“But the scenario is fully opposite. No independent act of the commission is seen anywhere. Practically we are noticing that the Election Commission, law enforcement agencies and civil administration are acting according to the government’s instructions,” he said.
“We expected that a peaceful and fair environment would be prevailing everywhere after the announcement of the election schedule and that’s why we decided to participate in the election,” said the former law minister.
But, it’s a matter of real misfortune that incidents like attack and arrest of BNP leaders have increased, he added.
Moudud alleged that his own human rights have been violated. “Besides the voting rights of the people of his constituency are also being violated.”
Dhaka, Dec 15 (UNB) – Awami League on Saturday gave its rebel candidates two days to withdraw their candidatures from the 11th national election.
Awami league joint secretary Jahangir Kabir Nanak warned that the rebel candidates who are still in the election race will have to face tougher consequences if they do not withdraw their candidatures within the given time.
“According to the party decision, the President cordially requested the rebel candidates through a letter to withdraw their candidacies within two days,” he said while replying to a reporter’s query during a press briefing at its Dhanmondi office on Saturday.
The Awami League and Grand Alliance-nominated candidates who are still in the race will have to withdraw their candidatures by December 17, Nanak said.
Although the number of the rebel candidates has decreased, some independent candidates are still there, said Nanak who is one of the key persons of Awami League election monitoring team.
“You’ll have to arrange a press conference to inform people who are still working against the party,” said the former member of the parliament.
He also said the rebel candidates will have to play an active role in the electioneering on behalf of the party-nominated candidates. "If it doesn’t happen properly, the party will take the final decision like expulsion from it forever.”
Describing the next general election as very important for establishing sustainable democracy in the country, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina also urged the rebel candidates to withdraw their candidacies in favour of the Grand Alliance, he said.
A five-member team, led by joint general secretary Jahangir Kabir Nanak, the most prominent among those denied nominations, was formed to work on the issue.
The other four members are joint general secretary Abdur Rahman, organising secretaries Ahmad Hossain and BM Mozammel Haque and AFM Bahauddin Nasim who also failed to get the party nominations to contest the upcoming general election slated for December 30.
A total of 264 nomination papers were filed from Awami League out of 300 seats while 79 rebels filed their nominations disregarding the strict warnings of expulsion forever.
Dhaka, Dec 15, 2018 (UNB): Local election observers have been advised to work impartially and shun media during the December 30 polls.
Speakers at the ‘Election observers training workshop’ also asked them to remain alert against vote rigging.
Dhaka University Vice-Chancellor Prof Dr Md Akhtaruzzaman, chief guest at Saturday’s programme at the Jatiya Press Club, asked the observers to maintain rules and regulations.
Election Monitoring Forum (EMF), which organised the workshop at the Jatiya Press Club, said the goal was to train all observers.
EMF Executive Director Prof Mohammad Abed Ali said it was not possible to visit all the polling stations. “Some stray incidents might occur but we cannot use them to make the national election questionable,” he said.
Observers from 25 EMF organisations and 26 NGOs from India, Nepal, Bhutan, Sri Lanka, Malaysia, Japan, Canada and Australia will observe the polls, Abed Ali said.
“So, we have to be careful and honest,” he said.
The EMF executive director told the local observers to avoid interacting with the media during polls. “We will set up monitoring cells to keep in touch with the media. If you see any irregularities, contact them,” he said.
Last month, the Election Commission advised the observers to shun the media on the polls day.
“They must stay at polling stations like statues, even if there are irregularities,” EC Secretary Helaluddin Ahmed had said.
Justice M Abdus Salam, president of SARC Human Right foundation; retired Supreme Court justice Shikder Mokbul Hoque, and EMF member Mohammad Iqbal, among others spoke at the workshop conducted by Rakib Al Mahmud.