Dhaka, Jan 4 (UNB) – Information Minister Hasanul Haq Inu on Friday claimed that BNP was demanding reelection and lodging ‘imaginary’ complaints to cover up the failure of its leadership during the election.
“BNP leaders completely failed in the election as they remained isolated from the people during the election. They’d expected the interference of an invisible power to create an abnormal atmosphere,” he said while exchanging views with reporters and party leaders at the Shaheed Col Taher Auditorium.
Inu, also Jatiya Samajtanrik Dal president, added: “They’ve now lodging imaginary complaints to the Election Commission to save their backs.”
He also said it is BNP’s old ‘bad’ habit to reject the results after its defeat in any election. “They (BNP) even rejected the results after they lost the election held under the caretaker government,” he said.
Claiming that the Sheikh Hasina government is a journalist-friendly one, the minister urged newsmen to work without any fear and bring it to the notice of the Information Ministry if any of them faces any threat.
Dhaka, Jan 4 (UNB) – Gano Forum President Dr Kamal Hossain and general secretary Mostafa Mohsin Montu on Friday expressed deep shock at the death of Awami League Presidium member and Public Administration Minister Syed Ashraful Islam.
In a joint condolence message, they said the role of an experienced parliamentarian and an honest and competent politician like Syed Ashraf was necessary in a ‘confrontational’ political atmosphere after the 11th parliamentary election.
Under the current circumstances, he could have played a role in the interest of the party rising above parochial party interests, the Gano Forum leaders said.
The country has lost a great heart and a dedicated politician and patriot at his death, they added.
Dr Kamal and Montu prayed for salvation of the departed soul and conveyed their sympathy to the bereaved family members.
Four days after being elected an MP of the 11th parliament, Awami League Presidium member and Public Administration Minister Syed Ashraful Islam died of lungs cancer at a hospital in Thailand on Thursday night. He was 67.
Syed Ashraf, son of national leader and Bangabandhu’s close associate Syed Nazrul Islam, breathed his last at Bumrungrad International Hospital in Bangkok around 9:45pm.
Dhaka, Jan 4 (UNB) – A three-member BNP delegation, led by its secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir, on Friday met US Ambassador to Bangladesh Earl R Miller and discussed various issues relating to 11th national election held on Sunday.
The one-hour-and-a-half-hour meeting that began at 10am was held at the US envoy’s residence.
The two other BNP delegation members are BNP standing committee member Amir Khosru Mahmud Chowdhury and executive committee member Tabith Awal.
However, there was no briefing from either side about the meeting.
A BNP leader close to Fakhrul said the BNP delegation informed the US envoy about their party’s observations over the election and various ‘irregularities’.
He said the BNP team also provided Miller with various documents, including paper cuttings and video clips, on ‘election irregularities and vote fraud’.
BNP and its alliance partners faced a serious drubbing in Sunday’s general election as they got only seven seats out of 298.
Dhaka, Jan 4 (UNB) – Contradicting his party’s parliamentary body’s decision, Jatiya Party chairman HM Ershad on Friday said his party will be the main opposition in Parliament while he will act as the Leader of the Opposition.
In a statement on Friday, Jatiya Party chairman Ershad came up with the announcement contradicting the Jatiya Party Parliamentary Party’s decision to join the Awami League-led Grand Alliance government.
“As the chairman of the Jatiya Party, I would like to inform the people of the country and party leaders and activists at all levels that Jatiya Party will act as the main opposition party in the 11th parliament.”
He further said, “As the chairman of Jatiya Party Parliamentary Party, I’ll be the leader of the opposition while party cochairman Golam Quader deputy opposition leader of the House.”
Ershad said no Jatiya Party MP will be there in the cabinet. “I urge the Speaker of the House to take necessary steps in this regard.”
On Thursday, Jatiya Party Parliamentary Party decided to join the Awami League-led Grand Alliance government to make contributions to the country’s further development under the leadership of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina.
Party cochairman GM Quader came up with the announcement after its parliamentary party’s meeting in Parliament.
Jatiya Party which joined the election as the key partner of the Grand Alliance bagged 22 seats.
Party senior cochairman Raushon Ershad was the opposition leader in 10th parliament while some party MPs joined the cabinet.