Dhaka, Jan 27 (UNB) – BNP senior leader Dr Abdul Moyeen Khan on Sunday alleged the main motive behind Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s ‘tea party’ for the leaders of Jatiya Oikyafront and other political parties is to get recognition of her ‘farcical’ government.
Speaking at a discussion, he also said their party’s six MPs were not elected with people’s votes like the ruling party’s ones as they all were only shown victorious by the government and the Election Commission in a ‘fake’ election.
“We saw a farcical election on December 30, and a farcical parliament and new government have been formed through it. The government itself knows the real position of it,” Moyeen Khan said.
He further said, “That’s why they’ve now become busy to have people’s recognition for the government formed through deception. The initiative for the tea party has been taken as part of the government’s move to get public acceptance.”
Arafat Rahman Koko Smriti Sangsad arranged the programme at the Jatiya Press Club, marking BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia’s younger son Koko’s fourth death anniversary.
On Saturday, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina invited Jatiya Oikyafront senior leaders to exchange greetings at Ganobhaban over tea on February 2.
Dr Moyeen, a BNP standing committee member, said the country’s all people are aware of the ‘drama’ staged on the night of December 29 and on December 30 in the name of general election.
He said the current parliament does not represent people as it was formed through a fake election. “This parliament represents the terrorists who established a reign of terror across the country before the December-30 election and announced themselves victorious through vote frauds.”
Moyeen Khan said their party’s elected MPs have no right to go to parliament as they were shown elected without people’s votes.
‘‘Do those shown elected have any right to go to parliament? It’s not a question who won the election and who got defeated as it was shown victorious and defeated through vote rigging and terrorism ,” he added.
Moyeen Khan said not only BNP leaders and activists but also those belong to Awami League do not endorse the 11th parliamentary election as they all know what actually happened in the name of an election.
Stating that the government has established an unwritten one-party Baksal in the country annihilating democracy and the rule of law, he called upon people to come forward to restore democracy and install a pro-people government.
Dhaka, Jan 27 (UNB) - Awami League nominated mayoral aspirant Atiqul Islam on Sunday collected a nomination paper to contest the Dhaka North City Corporation (DNCC) by-polls slated for February 28 next.
On Atiqul's behalf, his chief electoral coordinator AKM Mizanur Rahman received the nomination paper from returning officer of DNCC by-election Abul Kashem at Election Training Institute (ETI) Bhaban in the city's Agargaon area.
On Saturday night, Awami League at a meeting picked former BGMEA president Atiqul Islam as its candidate for the DNCC mayoral post.
The Election Commission on January 22 last announced the schedules for by-polls to the DNCC mayoral post, and its councillor posts in 18 new wards as well as the councillor posts of Dhaka South City Corporation in its 18 new wards fixing February 28 for the balloting.
According to the schedule, the last date for nomination submission is January 30 while the scrutiny will be held on February 2 and the last date for withdrawal of nomination is February 9.
Dhaka, Jan 19 (UNB) – Jatiya Oikyafront Convener and Gono Forum President Dr Kamal Hossain is scheduled to return home from Thailand early Monday.
Dr Kamal along with his wife Hameeda Hossain is scheduled to reach Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport in a Thai Airways flight around 12:50am, Gono Forum executive president Subrata Chowdhury told UNB on Sunday.
He said their party president went to Thailand from Singapore after receiving treatment there.
Earlier on January 19, Kamal Hossain along with his wife went to Singapore for medical purposes.
Subrata Chowdhury said a meeting of Oikyafront steering committee will be held soon with Dr Kamal Hossain in the chair to work out their next course of action.
Dhaka, Jan 26 (UNB) - BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir turned 71 on Saturday.
Though the BNP leader marked the birthday unceremoniously, family members and party leaders and activists greeted him on the occasion.
BNP acting chairman Tarique Rahman also wished him from London over phone, BNP chairperson’s media wing member Sayrul Kabir Khan told UNB.
Fakhrul was born on January 26, 1948 in Thakurgaon. His father late Mirza Ruhul Amin was a Muslim League leader and a minister of the Pakistan government.
BNP leaders and activists gathered at their Nayapaltan central office in the morning and greeted Fakhrul as he entered it around 11:30am.
Later, talking to journalist, Fakhrul said, “Wishing an elderly person like me on the birthday means remembering the death. I’ve lost another year from my life. I’m now closer to death as I turned 71.”
Fakhrul, who had involvement with left politics during his student life, completed his graduation and post-graduation from Dhaka University’s Economics department.
Later, he took up teaching as his profession through the BCS examination. Fakhrul quit teaching during the 80s and joined politics formally.
He elected MP from Thakurgaon-1 seat with BNP’s ticket in 2001 and was made a state minister. He was also elected MP from Bogura-6 seat in the 11th parliamentary election. But he did not take oath yet as BNP rejected the election results.
Fakhrul was made acting secretary general of BNP after the death of party’s then secretary general Khandaker Delwar Hossain in 2011. He was given the full charge of the party’s secretary general position five years later in 2016.
Dhaka, Jan 26 (UNB) – BNP on Saturday slammed Awami League general secretary Obaidul Quader for his comment that BNP will get split due to its internal conflict, saying the ‘cow does not die if it is cursed by a vulture’.
Speaking at a press conference at BNP’s Nayapaltan central office, party senior joint secretary general Ruhul Kabir Rizvi also said Quader made such remarks out of heartburn for having failed to split BNP.
“Obaidul Quader is now very concerned over BNP as he is saying it may face split or meet the fate of Muslim League. His affection for BNP is very strange. His remarks have given an impression that aunt's affection is greater than mother,” he said.
Rizvi claimed there is no division within BNP as the party’s all leaders and activists remain united under the leadership of its chairperson Khaleda Zia and acting chairman Tarique Rahman. “I would like to remind Mr Quader that cow does not die if it’s cursed by a vulture.”
He said it is Awami League which has internally collapsed and weakened and with the divisions of different groups and streams. “That’s why the party couldn’t dare hold a fair election depending on its leaders and activists. The party instead stuffed ballots in the dark of night using police.”
The BNP leader warned that Awami League will not find any one to light a lamp at its office when it will lose the power of police.