Dhaka, Jan 10 (UNB) – Claiming that no sane person can hold a ‘so-called’ and ‘farcical’ election like that of the December 30, Jatiya Oikyafront Convener Dr Kamal Hossain on Thursday called for a national dialogue to find ways for arranging the polls as per the constitution.
“National dialogue is a good way…. let’s sit (for dialogue) without creating any crisis. Let’s take the decision through this dialogue how to form an elected government and a parliament through holding the election as per the constitution,” he said.
Dr Kamal, also Gano Forum president, further said, “A sane person cannot play such a game staged with the country’s 17 crore people on December 30. This can’t be done unless one is mentally imbalanced.”
He was addressing a discussion organised by his party at Dhaka Reporters’ Unity (DRU) marking the Homecoming Day of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.
The Jatiya Oikyafront chief also claimed that they had to see a ‘farce’ on December 30 in the name of an election, saying, “It won’t bring any legality and stability. This can in no way be accepted. It’s not right legally and constitutionally.”
He questioned whether anyone can call the December-30 election a free and fair one. “It’s regrettable what happened in the name of election even after the 48 years (of the Liberation War). It’s not supposed to happen.”
Dr Kamal, also the convener of the Jatiya Oikyafront, said the election was held on the night of December 29 instead of December 30. “Why did they do that? I would like ask them the reason behind doing such unusual acts. Is it a game? Is it fair to play a game with the country’s 17 crore people?”
He said no one should play such a game with the state and its people. “We all are saying the election was not held as per the laws and the constitution. No one is above the constitution. Everyone must obey the constitution.”
Stating that people are the owner of the country, the Gano Forum chief said it is not possible to elect people’s representatives without a fair and acceptable election. “Why’re they staging a farce in people’s name?”
Dr Kamal also said the December-30 election is a good example of political tricks. “I would like to urge, you please refrain from resorting to political tricks, and do everything as per the constitution through talks. There can be no alternative to that.”
He also recalled various events and incidents associated with Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujiubur Rahman during the Liberation War and his homecoming on January 10, 1972.
Jatiya Samajtantrik Dal (JSD) president ASM Abdur Rob, Gano Forum executive president Subrata Chowdhury, general secretary Mostafa Mohsin Montu, ex-information minister Prof Abu Sayeed, among others, spoke at the programme.
Dhaka, Jan 10 (UNB) - Jatiya Party Chairman HM Ershad and Cochairman GM Quader have been officially recognised as Leader of the Opposition and Deputy Leader of the Opposition respectively in the 11th parliament.
Speaker Dr Shirin Sharmin Chaudhury recognised their positions in Parliament, said a gazette notification issued by the Parliament Secretariat on Thursday.
Ershad was elected MP from Rangpur-3 seat while GM Quader from Lalmonirhat-3 in the recently held national election.
On January 4, HM Ershad announced that his party will be the main opposition in parliament while he will act as Leader of the Opposition in parliament and his brother GM Quader the Deputy Leader of the Opposition.
Awami League won the absolute majority in the national election bagging 257 seats in 11th parliamentary elections held on December 30 last.
Jatiya Party joined the general election as the key partner of the Grand Alliance and bagged 22 seats.
Party senior co-chairman Raushon Ershad was the opposition leader in 10th parliament while several MPs joined as cabinet members.
Dhaka, Jan 9 (UNB) – Jatiya Party Cochairman GM Quader on Wednesday said their party wants to play the role of a true opposition in 11th parliament that will go into session on January 30.
“People don’t like when we remain both in the government and the opposition. We’ll play the true role of the opposition,” he said.
GM Quader, who was also appointed as the deputy opposition leader in parliament, came up with the comment while speaking at a reception programme accorded by Jatiya Jubo Sanghati at Jatiya Party’s Kakrail central office.
He said their party will raise their voice in parliament to ensure people’s welfare instead of indulging in violent and anarchic acts.
The Jatiya Party leader said they will praise the good works of the government and will also cricise its wrongdoings.
He said they will also carry out their struggle to establish people’s rights and take position in favour of common and deprived people. “We hope we’ll get people’s overwhelming support as the opposition party.”
GM Quader said they will also take steps for strengthening their party and enhancing its organisational capacity.
Party secretary general Moshiur Rahman Ranga and presidium member Professor Masuda M Rashid Chowdhury, among others, spoke at the programme.
Dhaka, Jan 9 (UNB) - Jatiya Party has finalised four nominees for electing them to reserved women seats in the 11th parliament.
Jatiya Party chairman HM Ershad approved the nominations on Wednesday, said a party press release.
The four nominees are Parveen Osman (Narayanganj), Dr Shaheena Akhter (Kurigram), Najma Akheter (Feni) and Monika Alam (Jhenidah).
Ershad has already sent a letter to Speaker Dr Shirin Sharmin Chaudhury to take necessary steps in this regard.
The 50 seats of parliament reserved for women are distributed among parties based on the number of their representation in Parliament.
Awami League won an absolute majority bagging 257 seats in 11th parliamentary election held on December 30 last.
Jatiya Party secured 22 seats and will act as the main opposition in parliament.
The party has recently announced that its chairman HM Ershad will be the opposition leader in parliament while his brother and party cochairman GM Quader deputy opposition leader.
Dhaka, Jan 9 (UNB) – BNP on Wednesday alleged that the government has resorted to a ‘deep-rooted conspiracy’ over the life of its chairperson Khaleda Zia by snatching her right to receive treatment.
“Khaleda Zia is still sick. The government has snatched her right to get necessary treatment. The government has indulged in a deep-rooted plot over her life,” said BNP senior joint secretary general Ruhul Kabir Rizvi.
Speaking at a press briefing at BNP’s Nayapaltan central office, he also alleged that the government is repressing Khaleda mentally by not allowing her relatives to meet her.
The BNP leader also said the lower court is delaying the hearing on bail petitions of Khaleda in different cases at the behest of the government. “The government is applying all the ways to repress Begum Zia.”
He also accused the government of harassing BNP leaders and activists through the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC).
Referring to filing of a case against BNP standing committee member Mirza Abbas and his wife Afroza Abbas by the ACC, Rizvi said, “After harassing BNP leaders and activists by filing cases and attacking them by police across the country, now opposition leaders are being harassed by the Anti-Corruption Commission.”
He claimed that the ACC file the case against Abbas and Afroza as they contested the 11th parliamentary election as BNP candidates, and took a strong stance in favour of BNP and democracy. “We would like to say the ACC is working as a weapon to oppress the opposition.”
The BNP leader said though the ruling party leaders and activists ‘plundered’ thousands of crores of taka from finical institutions, including banks, the ACC has turned a blind eye to them.
Rizvi alleged that the ruling party men kept repressing and attacking BNP leaders and activists and setting fire to their houses at different parts of the country since the December-30 national election.
“People are passing their days amid deep worry due to the post-election violence. A tense situation has been prevailing all over the country due to the prevailing acts of terror. A serious censorship has been imposed so that the media can’t publish news on repressive acts,” he further alleged.