Dhaka, Nov 29 (UNB) – BNP senior leader Nazrul Islam Khan on Thursday claimed their party leaders Abdul Awal Mintoo, Syed Moazzem Hossain Alal and Habibun Nabi Khan Sohel are not there in the election race as part of their election strategy.
“Our chairperson Khaleda Zia used to visit every constituency for electioneering in favour of our candidates during previous elections. But she is now in jail, and our leader Tarique Rahman is staying outside the country. Now our party’s many leaders’ involvement has become necessary to do that job,” he said.
Speaking at a press conference at BNP’s Nayapaltan central office, Nazrul further said, “Rizvi and I myself didn’t even seek nomination. Our party has decided that those of us who aren’t there in the election race will help the candidates. So, our some competent leaders didn’t file nomination papers because of election strategy.”
Though the trio got nominations from their party, BNP vice-chairman Abdul Awal Mintoo and joint secretaries general Syed Moazzem Hossain Alal and Habibun Nabi Khan Sohel -- refrained from filing nomination papers to contest the election.
Nazrul, a BNP standing committee member, alleged that their party candidates and their supporters were harassed and obstructed by the ruling party men at different parts of the country during their submission of nomination papers.
“Our leaders from the top to bottom are being implicated in different cases and arrested. Some of our leaders remained missing. These activities are barriers to holding a credible election,” he said.
The BNP leader said the government has got crazy and it is indulging in foul games as BNP and its alliance partners joined the election. “But the Election Commission is playing a silent role.”
He alleged that the Commission’s statements and the ruling party’s remarks are similar as it has been working as an auxiliary force of the government instead of exerting its constitutional power. “If it continues, holding a fair and credible election won’t be possible.”
Nazrul urged the EC to take steps to stop the arrest and harassment of their party leaders and activists and take action against those involved in such activities.
Dhaka, Nov 29 (UNB) - BNP on Thursday said it will not allow any war criminal to contest the 11th parliamentary elections with the ‘Sheaf of Paddy’, the party’s electoral symbol.
“I can assure you no war criminal will be allowed to use our electoral symbol Sheaf of Paddy,“ said BNP standing committee member Nazrul Islam Khan.
He came up with the remarks at a press briefing at BNP’s Nayapaltan central office.
As his attention was drawn that some Jamaat leaders submitted their nomination forms to contest the polls with BNP symbol, Nazrul said, “Where is the problem to use our symbol by those who are not criminal criminals.”
He also claimed that there are some freedom fighters even in Jamaat-e-Islami.
Jamaat sources said its 24 leaders submitted their nomination papers to the returning officers in different districts to contest the national election with BNP’s election symbol.
Some Jmaaat leaders also filed their nominations to contest the election from different seats as independent candidates.
Replying to a query how many seats they are sharing with Jamaat, he diplomatically said they did not share any seat with Jamaat as the party nominated its candidates to contest the election with their symbol ‘Sheaf of Paddy’.
Dhaka, Nov 28 (UNB) – Awami League General Secretary Obaidul Quader on Wednesday said some party leaders have been kept out of the election race so that they can work for the party during the election.
"We need skilled and experienced leaders during the election. Skilled leaders are usually seen taking part in the election. But some of them are kept outside the election so that they can conduct the election activities properly,” he said while addressing a press briefing at the party chief’s Dhanmondi political office.
Quader was referring to party's joint general secretaries Jahangir Kabir Nanak and Abdur Rahman, and organising secretaries BM Mozammel Haque and AFM Bahauddin Nasim who failed to get the party nominations to contest the upcoming general election slated for December 30.
He said Prime Minister and party President Sheikh Hasina talked to them and advised them to work for the party. “She told them that all don’t participate in the election in democratic politics. Some stay away from the election for managing and handling the party activities. You can see Indian politics where it happens," he added.
About the Grand Alliance nominations, the ruling party leader said those who are popular and enjoy good position in their constituencies will get the tickets. “There’s nothing to be confused in this regard. The final and full list will be published before the withdrawal of candidature.”
Issuing a note of warning, he said those who will not withdraw the nomination as per the party decision will face tough actions.
Dhaka, Nov 28 (UNB) – BNP has formed an election steering committee headed by its standing committee member Nazrul Islam Khan to oversee the election activities of the party.
The committee has been formed as per the party high command’s decision, BNP chairperson’s media wing member Sayrul Kabir Khan told UNB on Wednesday.
He said the names of other members of the committee will be announced very soon.
Nazrul, also the coordinator of the 20-party alliance, did not file his nomination to contest the election from any seat as he was made the chief of the BNP election steering committee, party insiders said.
Sylhet, Nov 28 (UNB) – Finance Minister AMA Muhith on Wednesday said a congenial election environment is now prevailing in the country.
“There’s no conflicting atmosphere this time no matter who says what,” he said while talking to reporters on the premises of the Deputy Commissioner’s office.
Muhith was accompanying his younger brother Dr AK Abdul Momen who submitted the nomination paper to the returning officer for contesting the general election as an Awami League candidate from Sylhet-1 constituency.
The veteran minister also said the present government developed the country in such a way that Awami League will register a landslide victory in the forthcoming election billed for December 30.