Dhaka, Nov 24 (UNB) – Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) president Oil Ahmed on Saturday called upon freedom fighters to get united and engage in a ‘fight of vote’ on the national election day to ‘restore’ democracy and people’s rights.
“We’re 18 crore people while only 2-5 lakh people will be engaged in election duties… so we must get united on that day to free the nation and restore democracy,” he said.
Speaking at a discussion, Oli further said, “We’re not against the Prime Minister and Awami League. Our target is to restore people’s lost rights. We took part in the Liberation War earlier and now we want to involve in a battle of vote with united efforts.”
Jatiyatabadi Muktijoddha Dal, freedom fighters' wing of BNP, arranged the programme on the role of freedom fighters in the upcoming election and their responsibilities at the Jatiya Press Club.
Oli, also a valiant freedom fighter, urged his colleagues to go to their respective areas and encourage people, including the women, to go to polling stations with courage to bring back their rights.
“I also call upon those freedom fighters who are with Awami League to stand in favour of people the way you fought during the Liberation War for them. There’s no point of leading your lives like cowards,” he said.
Stating that Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on the Armed Forces Day did not remember the freedom fighters who are alive, the LDP chief told the freedom fighters that the ruling party is only using them for its own interests. “How long do you want to be used? Now get united for the sake of the country’s people. There could be differences of opinions among us over various issues, but we should remain united when it comes to the country’s interests.”
About BNP’s seat sharing with its alliance partners, Oli said all the parties should be logical about it. “We must nominate those candidates who have competence, courage, acceptability and popularity among people.”
He said the nomination hopefuls of Jatiya Oikyafront and the 20-party should not think they will contest the polls depending on BNP’s popularity depriving the party’s capable candidates.
“Our main target should be freeing the country. And if I have to sacrifice my interests to this end, I’ll do it. I also told BNP to nominate candidates based on their capability, not based on any number for any party as we’ll have to form government wining the polls,” Oil added.
He, however, urged BNP and the alliance partners to give priority to freedom fighters in selecting the candidates.
“Get united and ready to go to power, not for making your own fortune but for people’s welfare,” Oli said.
Speaking at the programme, Nagorik Oikya Convener Mahmudur Rahman Manna said Oikyafront is moving ahead with some strategies to ensure its victory in the election.
He observed that the ruling party leaders and activists will flee if the Oikyafront leaders and activists can go to their respective areas with courage. “We’ll ensure the defeat of the government through a vote revolution.”
Gonoshasthya Kendra founder Dr Zafrullah Chowdhury urged the Oikyafront leaders to encourage people by visiting every house to go to the polling stations to cast their votes and thus restore their all rights.
He also called upon the officials of police and civil administrations to work neutrally for the sake of ensuring a credible election.
Dhaka, Nov 24 (UNB) – The names of the candidates of Awami League and its alliance who will contest the upcoming national election will be announced within two days, said AL general secretary Obaidul Quader on Saturday.
Quader, also the Road Transport and Bridges Minister, came up with the remarks after a meeting with its alliance parties at the AL office at Bangabandhu Avenue.
“We discussed various issues, including seat-sharing one, and it’ll be finalised tonight (Saturday night). After that, the names of the final candidates will be made public within a day or two,” he said.
Quader held meetings with Jatiya Samajtantrik Dal president and also Information Minister Hasanul Haque Inu, and Workers' Party President and also Social Welfare Minister Rashed Khan Menon, and Jatiya Party leaders Moshiur Rahman Ranga, Mujibul Haque Chunnu and Kazi Firoz Rashid.
Dhaka, Nov 24 (UNB) - BNP on Saturday alleged that ‘partisan’ and ‘controversial’ officials of the police and civil administrations are regularly holding ‘clandestine’ meetings to ensure Awami League candidates’ win in the upcoming general election.
“The officials of the police and civil administrations are conspiring to put unpopular Awami League in power again,” said BNP senior joint secretary general Ruhul Kabir Rizvi.
He came up with the allegation at a press conference at BNP’s Nayapaltan central office.
The BNP leader said they came to know that police and admin officials held a secret meeting on Tuesday last at the Officer’s Club conference room for two and a half hours and reviewed the ruling party’s election engineering plan.
Rizvi claimed that Prime Minister’s Office secretary Sazzadul Hasan, Pubic Administration secretary Faiz Ahmed, EC secretary Helaluddin Ahmed, Water Resources secretary Kabir Bin Anwar, Civil Aviation secretary Mohibul Haque , Dhaka Divisional Commissioner and Dhaka city returning officer Ali Azam, PM’s APS-1 Kazi Nishat Rasul and officials of police , Rab, DMP and Counter-terrorism unit were present at the meeting .
At the meeting, he alleged that the officials discussed that Awami League candidates’ victory is certain in 33 seats while there will be strong fights in 60-65 seats. “But it won’t be possible to ensure their victory in the rest of the seats without election engineering.”
Under the circumstances, he said, they decided that the Election Commission will seriously refrain from extending cooperation to BNP and Jatiya Oikyafront during the election without reshuffling the administration.
The BNP leader also claimed that the meeting chalked out a plan to create a situation by intensifying the drive against opposition leaders and activists and making some candidates disappeared so that BNP and its alliances are forced to stay away from the election.
Rizvi said the officials also made a plan to carry out serious repressive acts on opposition leaders and activists if Oikyafront remains there in the polls till the voting day so that the supporters of the ‘Sheaf of Paddy’ do not dare go to polling stations. “They also made a plan to stage a coup through media if they fail to resist voters, and then take the situation brutally under their control.”
He said though they submitted a list of partisan officials to the Election Commission and informed it about their illegal activities, the Commission is yet to take any action against them.
The BNP leader renewed their party’s demand for withdrawing the controversial officials from the election duties and different important posts.
Dhaka, Nov 24 (UNB) - Chief Election Commissioner KM Nurul Huda on Saturday said police are not arresting anyone without any reason going beyond the directives of the Election Commission as they are now under his commission’s control.
"Police obey our directives. They arrest no one without any reason going beyond our directives," he told reporters replying to a question at Nirbachan Bhaban in the city.
The CEC made the remarks after the inaugural session of the EC's three-day briefing arranged for giving its directives to executive magistrates for preventing the violation of the electoral code of conduct in the upcoming parliamentary elections.
The first day's briefing started at 10am with the participation of executive magistrates deployed in election duty in 18 districts.
"The Commission has given directives to the police. The police have also made commitments to us. They’re working accordingly," he said.
In reply to a question, Nurul Huda said the government does not give any directive to the Commission over the election. "There’s no directive from the government. Rather, our election-related directives are now visible there in the field," he said.
The CEC said now the level-playing field prevails in the country.
At the inaugural session, the CEC and four election commissioners -- Mahbub Talukder, Shahadat Hossain, Rafiqul Islam and Kabita Khanom -- were present.
The Commission in the three-day briefing will give directives to the executive magistrates over how to conduct drives against and punishing the violation of electoral code of conduct in the 11th national election slated for December 30.
Magistrates from Dhaka, Gopalganj, Cumilla, Gazipur, Munshiganj, Narayanganj, Tangail, Faridpur, Manikganj, Kishoreganj, Sherpur, Rajbari, Madaripur, Mymensingh, Netrakona, Jamalpur, Shariatpur and Narsingdi are there in the first day briefing.
On November 12, the EC directed the Public Administration Ministry to appoint executive magistrates at the field level to check the violation of the electoral code of conduct.
The EC asked the ministry to appoint one executive magistrate for every upazila, one for three to four wards of city corporations, one to two magistrates for each district sadar municipality and one magistrate for three to four upazilas of the Chattogram Hill Tracts.
The Commission asked the ministry to keep the magistrates engaged in the election duty till the next day of election (December 31).
Besides, the Commission will deploy more executive magistrates and judicial magistrates on large scale a few days before the general election.
Dhaka, Nov 23 (UNB) – Claiming that their party is much ahead of BNP on all counts, Awami League General Secretary Obaidul Quader on Friday said the ruling party will register a massive win in the forthcoming general election.
He made the remarks while addressing a press conference at the AL president’s Dhanmondi political office in the morning.
Quader, also Road Transport and Bridges Minister, claimed that BNP is making imaginary allegations about secretaries and police officials.
He, however, said no mechanism will work unless people are with them.
About the murder of BNP nomination seeker and Jashore BNP Vice-president Abu Bakar Abu after he came to Dhaka to collect party nomination form, the AL leader said their parity was in no way involved in the incident. “The incident might have happened following BNP’s internal conflict. Awami League doesn’t want to keep BNP away from the election in any way.”
About the use of electronic voting machines (EVMs) in the general election, he said EVMs will not be used all over Bangladesh and cited the Sylhet City Corporation election was held using EMVs which they lost.