Dhaka, Dec 31 (UNB) – Jatiya Oikyafront will submit a memorandum to the Election Commission demanding reelection under a nonparty caretaker government cancelling Sunday’s general election.
“Oikyafront along with its candidates will submit a memorandum to the Election Commission and announce programmes demanding reelection cancelling Sunday’s election,” alliance chief Dr Kamal Hossain said while talking to reporters in front of his Motijheel chamber after a meeting of its leaders.
“Rejecting the so-called results with hatred considering the overall situation, Oikyafront is demanding reelection under a nonparty caretaker government,” he said.
Asked when they may submit the memorandum to the EC, Dr Kamal said they will do it within a day or two.
Replying to another question whether their seven MP-elects will take oath, Dr Kamal said they will take the decision about it later.
However, BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam said, “We’ve already rejected the election results and that’s enough.”
Sought his direct comment on the issue, the BNP leader said, “It’s clear that we’ve turned down the entire results.”
Earlier Dr Kamal said the country’s people witnessed a ‘drama’ in the name of parliamentary elections on Sunday.
“The Awami League and its subservient Chief Election Commissioner showed the country’s people and the entire world as to how the election system of an independent and sovereign country is destroyed,” he said.
Dr Kamal, the convener of Oikyafront, also said apparently Bangladesh and its 17 crore people got defeated in the ‘so-called’ election though Awami League-led government was shown victorious. “The much-sought democracy has been buried with it.”
Oikyafront senior leaders, including Mirza Fakhrul, JSD-Rob president ASM Abur Rob, Gano Forum execute president Subrata Chowdhury, Gonoshasthya Kendra founder Dr Zafrullah Chowdhury and BNP vice chairman Abdul Awal Mintoo, held a two-hour meeting chaired by Dr Kamal Hossain from 7pm at his chamber.
Meeting sources said the Oikyafront leaders analysed the election results and worked out their next course of actions.
As part of the meeting decision, a Gano Forum leader said the alliance will submit the memorandum to the EC on January 3.
Besides, the alliance also decided to file a writ petition, led by Dr Kamal, with the High Court very soon seeking its directives for declaring Sunday’s election void.
Dhaka, Dec 31 (UNB) – Bringing an allegation of massive vote rigging in Sunday’s national election, BNP on Monday rejected its results and demanded reelection.
“The election was held creating an unprecedented war-like situation spreading panic and establishing a reign of terror through state-sponsored terrorism by using all the state machinery from judiciary to administration and law enforcement agencies,” said BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir.
“We can call it a vote robbery, the way election was held through state-sponsored terrorism. We’re completely rejecting this election and its results. We demand the election be cancelled and reelection be held immediately under a non-party government,” he said.
The BNP leader came up with their party’s formal reaction to the national election after a meeting of the party’s standing committee members at BNP chairperson’s Gulshan office.
BNP standing committee members sat in the emergency meeting at BNP Chairperson’s Gulshan office.
The meeting started at 4pm to analyse the election results and finalise their future course of action.
As his attention was drawn to CEC’s remarks rejecting the Oikyafront’s demand of reelection, Fakhrul said, “The CEC is the most biased person and his activities have already become questionable. The way he talks, he only reflects the government’s version.”
They will carry out a legal fight alongside a movement to realise their demand for reelection. They will announce their action programmes in due time, the senior BNP leader said.
In Sunday’s parliamentary elections, BNP bagged only five seats while its alliance partner Gano Forum two.
BNP standing committee members sat in the emergency meeting at BNP Chairperson’s Gulshan office at 4pm and analysed the election results and finalised their future course of action.
Dhaka, Dec 31 (UNB) - In the wake of a massive debacle in the 11th parliamentary elections, the top leaders of Jatiya Oikyafront are going to sit in a meeting this (Monday) evening to work out its next course of action.
The meeting is scheduled to be held at Oikyafront convener Dr Kamal Hossain’s Motijheel chamber, Gono Forum leader Amin Afsari told UNB.
He said the senior leaders of the alliance will evaluate the election results and finalise their future action programmes.
Dr Kamal Hossain, BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir, JSD president ASM Abur Rob, Nagorik Oikya convener Mahmudur Rahman Manna and other senior leaders of Oikyafront are expected to join the meeting.
Earlier in the day, the alliance cancelled its press briefing scheduled to be held at the Jatiya Press Club at 12 pm.
Meanwhile, BNP standing committee members sat in an emergency meeting at BNP Chairperson’s Gulshan office at 4pm to analyse election results and finalise their future course of action.
BNP senior leaders are also scheduled to hold another meeting with the top leaders of the 20-party alliance at the same venue at 6pm.
Dhaka, Dec 31 (UNB)- Jatiya Oikyofront has cancelled its press briefing scheduled to be held at the Jatiya Press Club at 12 pm on Monday.
The press briefing will be held later, said Gono Forum leader Amin Ansari.
Besides, a meeting of BNP standing committee members will be held at 4pm while the party will hold another meeting with 20-party at 6pm, said BNP Chairperson’s media wing member Sairul Kabir Khan .
Dhaka, Dec 30 (UNB) – Rejecting the results of the national election, Jatiya Oikyafront Sunday demanded reelection under a nonparty caretaker government.
Dr Kamal Hossain, the convener of the opposition alliance, made the demand while speaking at a press conference at his Bailey Road residence after a meeting of Oikyafront leaders.
He said the news of ‘vote robbery’ in a similar fashion reached them from almost all the constituencies. “As a result, over 100 candidates of different parties boycotted the election,” he said.
“Under the circumstances, we urge the Election Commission to immediately cancel the election of mockery. We reject the so-called results and demand a fresh election under a nonparty caretaker government,” Dr Kamal added.
Asked what they may do if the Election Commission does not accept their demand, Dr Kamal said their alliance leaders will work out their next course of action at a meeting on Monday. “Our ongoing movement for giving democracy an institutional shape will continue. “We’ll let you know elaborately about it tomorrow (Monday).”
Replying to a question what will be their position if some candidates of their alliance come out of successful in the election, BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir said, “We’re turning down the entire election. This is not an election as it’s a cruel mockery with democracy.”
He said their steering committee will work out their future course of action on Monday. “Today (Sunday) we’re only giving our immediate reaction to the election.”
Responding to another question, Fakhrul said the 11th national election has proved that BNP’s decision of boycotting the 2014 polls was right. “There’s no mistake in 2014.”
The BNP leader said this election has also manifested that fair election is in no way possible under a partisan government.
Apart from Kamal and Fakhrul, Jatiya Samajtantrik Dal (JSD-Rob) president ASM Abdur Rob, Gonoshasthya Kendra founder Dr Zafrullah Chowdhury, Gano Forum executive president Subrata Chowdhury and general secretary Mostafa Mohsin Montu were, among others, present at the meeting.