Dhaka, Dec 12 (UNB) – BNP senior leader Moudud Ahmed on Wednesday alleged that the Election Commission (EC) and police and civil administration are working under the full control of the government.
Speaking at a press conference at BNP’s Nayapaltan central office, he also brought various allegations of violation of election rules by his rival Awami League general secretary Obaidul Quader in Noakhali-5 seat.
“The ruling party has established its supremacy everywhere across the country. The reality is that the Election Commission and police and civil administration have been working completely at the government’s dictate,” the BNP leader said.
Moudud, a BNP standing committee member, alleged that the government-sponsored ‘terrorists’ with the help of the EC and police are trying to foil the atmosphere of a fair election.
“Despite having permission for holding a rally at Kabirhat in my area, the DC and SP phoned me not to go there. So, what kind of election it is! It’s demonstrated that no election is going to be held when a candidate like me has to return home having failed to hold an election rally,” he said.
The BNP leader said their candidates are facing the same situation across the country. “The ruling party has the hegemony and the power of police and administration, but they’ve no vote. That’s why they are showing such an attitude.”
Moudud said the ruling party is resorting to anarchic acts as they know they will face debacle if the election is held fairly, at least partially. “People are in a serious doubt whether any fair election will be held.”
The BNP leader, however, said their party and alliances will be there in the election race till the end braving all repressive acts.
“A mass wave has been created in favour of Sheaf of Paddy, and Awami League won’t be able to resist it, no matter how much power they abuse,” he observed.
About the election atmosphere in his electoral area, Moudud said his opponent Obaidul Quader has been on campaign enjoying state facilities and protocol. “He moves with a convoy of 7-8 vehicles and over a hundred motorbikes enjoying all the government facilities.”
The BNP leader said though he lodged many complaints with the EC and returning officer about the violation of lection code of conduct by Quader, no action has so far been taken against him.
“Awami League’s Noakhali-4 seat candidate Ekramul Karim Chowdhury on Monday at a rally openly asked the ruling party men not to allow Moudud to enter Kabirhat,” he said.
The BNP leader said Awami League leaders and activists foiled his scheduled rally at Kabirhat and attacked his activists on Tuesday, leaving over 100 people injured.
Besides, he alleged, the houses of over 100 BNP leaders and activists were vandalised in his constituency over the last nine days by ruling party followers.
Dhaka, Dec 12 (UNB) – The campaign convoy of BNP’s Dhaka-9 seat candidate Afroza Abbas reportedly came under attack twice at Kamalapur and Madartek in the city by ruling party followers on Wednesday, leaving five people injured.
A group of ruling party activists, led by local Awami League leader Chittaranjan Das and Chhatra League leader Shahrira, equipped with rods and sticks attacked the motorcade of Afroza Abbas at Madartek around 12pm, said her media coordinator Nahid Nazrul.
He said the Awami League workers damaged a vehicle of Afroza and assaulted her driver Abdur Rashid.
Thy also beat up four BNP activists as they tried to rescue Rashid, Nahid added.
He said Rashid was admitted to Al-Baraka Hospital in a critical condition.
Earlier, Nahid said the same group attacked Afroza Abba and her followers near Kamalapur Boys’ High School around 10am when they were carrying out election campaign there.
He claimed the attackers also assaulted some female activists of Afroza.
Meanwhile, Mirza Abbas, husband of Afroza and BNP’s candidate for Dhaka-8 constituency, warned that he has the strength to put up resistance against any attack on him.
Talking to reporters while conducting campaign in Motijheel area, he said, “I’ve heard around 100 Awami League cadres with sticks are waiting for me to be at Paribagh. I would like to tell BNP activists that I’ve the strength to resist any such attack.”
Abbas said his wife’s election campaign came under repeated attacks since morning. “She didn’t engage in fight. I also don’t want to lock into any clash as we’re on election campaign to woo and inspire voters.”
The BNP leader also said police are not taking any step to resist the attackers as they are only playing the role of silent spectators.
Gazipur, Dec 12 (UNB) –The electioneering rally of BNP candidate Chowdhury Tanvir Ahmed Siddiq for Gazipur-1 constituency came under attack in Safipur Bazar of Kaliakoir upazila on Wednesday morning.
When the BNP candidate was addressing rally in the area around 11am, some Jubo League leaders and activists riding 50 motorcycles appeared there chanting ‘Joy Bangla’, claimed the BNP leaders.
When the rally reached in front of a market adjacent to Dhaka-Tangail highway, a gang of youths attacked the rally and barred Tanvir from holding the rally.
Later, the BNP leader along with his followers left the place and went to Kaliakoir upazila sadar.
Jashore, Dec 12 (UNB) - President Abdul Hamid on Wednesday urged the newly commissioned officers of Bangladesh Air Force (BAF) to remain active to improve their professional skills through practice and utilising the lessons they received from training.
Hamid was addressing the Winter President Parade of Flight Cadet Course (FCC) of Bangladesh Air Force (BAF) at BAF Academy at Jashore.
“You’ve to remain active to improve your professional skills through practice and application of the basic training you have received from the academy. You should keep in mind that you’ll have to build yourself as deserving successors for the future leadership of the Air Force working with honesty, dedication and devotion,” the President said.
There is no alternative to training to achieve skills, he said adding, “Modern facilities are made available for increasing the overall efficiency of the members of the Air Force.”
The President also asked the BAF personnel to always remain alert to play the role in any necessity of the country apart from protecting the country’s independence and sovereignty.
He said a process is on to set up 'Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman Aviation and Aerospace University' and Aerospace Industry for the Air Force in Lalmonirhat for the advancement of the aviation sector.
Mentioning the force as the symbol of pride, the President also hoped that the force will uphold their name and image with the coordinated efforts at home and abroad.
Earlier, the President reviewed the smartly turned out parade and took the salute at the impressive March past as the chief guest.
He also handed over trophies, certificates and flying badges among the flight cadets.
On his arrival at the BAF Academy Parade Ground, the President was received by Air Chief Marshal Masihuzzaman Serniabat and commandant BAF Academy Air Commodore Muhammad Shafqat.
With today’s Winter President Parade, a total of 61 flight cadets, including 10 female ones, were commissioned.
Dhaka, Dec 12 (UNB)- The ruling Awami League would return to power with majority of parliamentary seats in the upcoming parliamentary election principally due to the fact that it has overseen solid economic growth, according to a forecast in the country report on Bangladesh by the London-based Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU).
It also forecasts that the country’s economic growth would remain robust and real GDP will grow by an average of 7.7% per year in 2018/19-2022/23, bolstered by strong increases in private consumption and gross fixed investment.
The report also specifically mentions the reputation of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina as being the key factor in election. It states that Sheikh Hasina remains the most popular candidate, according to numerous local opinion polls.
It adds that that the country’s impressive record of economic growth and socio-economic development under the Awami League administration, coupled with a lack of an effective opposition election campaign, will be enough to fend off any challenge posed by BNP or Jatiya Oikya Front more broadly.
The report adds that a win for Awami League will be important in sustaining foreign investment, and will also support the administration’s drive to expand and deepen private sector participation in the economy.
Following such a win, Bangladesh is expected to continue to exploit its strategically important location on the Bay of Bengal to extract concessions and economic assistance from India, China and Japan,said the report.
But Bangladesh’s relations with Myanmar will remain tense in the medium term owing to the Rohingya refugee crisis which will remain severe, at least in the early part of the forecast period, it added.
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