Dhaka, Oct 15 (UNB) – BNP senior leader Amir Khosru Mahmud Chowdhury on Monday said Jatiya Oikya Front was formed with the leaders who had contributions to the Liberation War to defeat the evil forces.
“Bangladesh’s distinguished and accepted leaders who had contributions to the Liberation War have now got united reflecting people’s aspirations. The evil forces got defeated during the Language Movement, the Liberation War and anti-autocracy movement as the nation became united,” he said.
Speaking at a discussion, the BNP leader further said, “The evil forces will surely be defeated this time as the nation has now got united with the formation of the Jatiya Jukta Front.”
Nagorik Odhikar Andolon, a pro-BNP platform, arranged the programme at the Jatiya Press Club demanding cancellation of convictions of Khaleda Zia and Tarique Rahman and the release of all political prisoners.
On Saturday, BNP, Jatiya Oikya Prokriya and a faction of Jukta Front launched a new opposition alliance, ‘Jatiya Oikya Front’, ahead of the 11th national election.
Khosru, also a BNP standing committee member, said people have now got united to restore their ownership of the country and voting rights by ensuring the rule of law, freedom of expression and press freedom.
He called upon all to wage a united movement under the Jatiya Oikya Front platform to realise people’s all demands and restore their rights. “I urge all to join the movement with courage.”
“The national unity will destroy the reign of terror established by the government across the country with intimidation and repressive acts. We shouldn’t now sit idle as we’ll have to wage a movement urgently by completing all the tasks of the national unity,” the BNP leader added.
Amir Khosru alleged that the government has taken an ‘election project’ to annihilate democracy by holding the next polls keeping people out of the election process.
As part of the project, he said, BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia was sent to jail in a ‘false’ case, and the verdicts in the August-21 grenade attack cases were given convicting party acting Chairman Tarique Rahman.
He said the government’s dream of implementing its ‘election project’ has already got shattered as the journey of the Jatiya Jukta Front began three days after the August-21 cases verdicts.
Dhaka, Oct 15 (UNB) – Amid concern about its fate after the formation of Jatiya Oikya Front, top leaders of the BNP-led 20-party alliance is going to sit in a meeting this (Monday) evening to discuss its next course of action.
The meeting is scheduled to begin at BNP chairperson's Gulshan office at 6:30pm, said Khaleda Zia's media wing member Sayrul Kabir Khan.
It will be the first formal meeting of the alliance after BNP formed another alliance with Dr Kamal Hossain-led Jatiya Oikya Prokriya, Jatiya Samajtantrik Dal (JSD-Rob) and Nagorik Oikya two days back.
A top leader of the 20-party alliance, wishing anonymity, said they will elaborately discuss how the 20-party alliance will work and its future course of action after BNP’s involvement with another alliance.
He said they will also seek an explanation from the BNP leaders about what will be their role in the next election and different programmes to be announced by the Jatiya Oikya Front in the days to come.
A BNP senior leader said they will inform the alliance partners the perspective of forming another alliance and its strategy so that no misunderstanding is created among them.
Dhaka, Oct 15 (UNB) - Issuing a ‘note of dissent’, Election Commissioner Mahbub Talukder boycotted a meeting of the Election Commission again on Monday.
Ten minutes after the start of the 36th meeting of the Commission at Nirbachan Bhaban with Chief Election Commissioner KM Nurul Huda in the chair, Talukder issued his ‘note of dissent’ and left the meeting room.
He boycotted the meeting for not evaluating his opinions and disagreement on various issues, said Talukder.
On August 30 last, he boycotted another meeting of the Commission issuing a ‘note of dissent’.
Dhaka, Sept 14 (UNB) – Jatiya Party Chairman HM Ershad will unveil his party’s ‘election guideline’ from a grand rally at Suhrawardy Udyan in the capital on October 20.
“Jatiya Party is now preparing for the election. The party’s election guideline will be announced at the grand rally on October 20,” Ershad said in a statement on Sunday.
He asked his party’s all leaders and activists to make the grand rally a success with their participation.
“The October-20 grand rally will be the last one before the 11th parliamentary polls. So, the party’s leaders and activists at all levels must be present in it,” Ershad said.
He also called upon the people of all walks of life to join the programme at the historic Suhrawardy Udyan.
Mentioning that many people are voicing doubt over the next election, the Jatiya Party chairman said there is no alternative to holding the polls to keep the democratic system intact and install an acceptable government.
Dhaka, Oct 14 (UNB) – Information Minister Hasanul Haq Inu on Sunday said the announcement of Jatiya Oikya Front to ‘restore’ democracy in the country joining hands with militant and communal forces, war criminals and the corrupt is a mockery with the nation.
He also termed the seven-point demand of the new alliance ‘unfortunate’ for the nation and the country’s politics. ”They’ve placed proposals for removing the Sheikh Hasina government and rehabilitating Razakars, BNP and militants in the politics. This is unfortunate for the nation and politics.”
While talking to reporters at the Secretariat, Inu also said Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has been informed about the concerns of journalists over the Digital Security Act and they will sit with the Sampadak Parishad (Editors’ Council) after the Cabinet discusses the issue.
On Saturday, BNP, Jatiya Oikya Prokriya and a faction of Jukta Front launched a new opposition alliance, 'Jatiya Oikya Front', ahead of the national election without Bikalpa Dhara Bangladesh President AQM Badruddoza Chowdhury.
The Information Minister described the seven-point demand and 11-point goal of the Jatiya Oikya Front as a scheme to bring the corrupt, militants and terrorists into the politics and a proposal to bring an abnormal government in power. “This is not an alliance, rather a plot.”
He criticised Dr Kamal Hossain for keeping mum over BNP’s alliance with Bangladesh Jamaat-e-Islami. “The crux of their demands is to bring an abnormal government by triggering instability before the election.”
About the new alliance’s demand for releasing political prisoners, Inu said there is no political prisoner in the country. “Khaleda Zia and Tarique Rahman are identified and recognised criminals. They’ve placed the seven demands for their release.”
Turning to journalists’ concerns over the Digital Security Act, he said they had a meeting with the Sampadak Parishad and leaders of BFUJ, DUJ and listened to their concerns. “Two cabinet meetings have been held by the time. We informed the Prime Minister of their concerns but there’s no atmosphere for discussion over the issue.”
Expressing the hope that there will be discussion on the issue anytime, the Information Minister said they will again sit with the Sampadak Parishad and the journalist leaders after the discussion.
He said although the President signed the Digital Security Bill into law, it can be amended anytime. “It’s his routine work.”
Asked about the Sampadak Parishad’s claim that three ministers did not keep their promise over the Digital Security Act, Inu termed it unfortunate.
The 'Digital Security Bill’ was passed in Parliament on September 19 and President Abdul Hamid assented to the Bill on October 8.
On September 30, Inu, Law Minister Anisul Huq and Posts, Telecommunications and IT Minister Mustafa Jabbar and Prime Minister's Media Adviser Iqbal Sobhan Chowdhury held a meeting with 13 editors of different newspapers over act.
After the meeting, Anisul had said Sampadak Parishad’s objections to nine sections of the ‘Digital Security Act’ and its demand for amending those would be placed before the Cabinet for discussions and sit with the editors again over the terms of reference to be given by the Cabinet.
However, there was no discussion the issue although two Cabinet meetings were held by the time.
On Saturday, the Sampadak Parishad announced to form a human chain in front of the Jatiya Press Club on October 15, demanding amendment to the nine sections.