Dhaka, Jan 5 (UNB) – Gano Forum President Dr Kamal Hossain on Saturday said their party is thinking positively for sending its two newly elected MPs to the 11th Parliament.
“We’ve rejected the election, but the way our two candidates came out successful in such an election through competition is their big achievement. So, we’re thinking positively about sending them to Parliament,” he said.
Dr Kamal, also the leader of Jatiya Oikyafront, came up with the remarks at a press conference at Bangladesh Shishu Kalyan Parishad after an extended meeting of the party.
He thinks that it will not create any problem with its alliance partner BNP if their two elected MPs join parliament though BNP has already decided not to join it.
Dr Kamal said their two MPs can play a positive and meaningful role in parliament after taking oath. “If others (BNP MPs) think it won’t be possible for them to paly a good role in parliament they may take decision in their line of thinking.”
He, however, said the Jatiya Oikyafront will remain intact to create pressure on the government. “We’ve formed Oikyafront so that we can realise our demand for ensuring a free and fair election. We believe that if Oikyafront functions effectively we’ll be able to mount pressure on the government over the election and force it to discharge its duties obeying laws.”
The Gano Forum chief said their party is in favour of keeping the unity with BNP in principle and will take a positive decision in this regard after discussions.
Dr Kamal said Oikyafront has continued its movement and they may intensify it further in the days to come.
Asked what will be his position about Jamaat’s presence in Oikyafront, the Gano Forum president said the Islamic party is with the BNP-led 20-partry, not with Oikyafront.
Replying to a question, Dr Kamal said they may move the court over the election if they get the evidence of serious allegation of vote frauds. “Normally, we shouldn’t file repeated cases over political issues. But we must consider filing cases if we get the grievous allegations.”
About the December-30 national election, he said the reports they got from their leaders across the country are very regrettable as a fair election was harmed in many ways.
He said a representative democracy is not ensured if people cannot freely and fairly exercise their right to franchise. “The way the election was held it was an onslaught on constitution. People can enjoy their ownership of the country if they can properly cast their votes.”
Dr Kamal also said a constitutional crisis is created when voting process is hampered and electoral laws are defied. “As per the reports we’re getting, the government is violating the constitutional rules one after another. We’re worried about a constitutional crisis as the government disobeying the constitution. A question may also arise whether it’s an elected government.”
Earlier in a written speech, Gano Forum executive president Mostafa Mohsin Montu said the neutral election process was made dysfunctional by stuffing ‘70-80 percent’ ballots at most polling stations the night before the voting.
“No one of them is elected whom the Election Commission announced elected through a farcical election on December 30. No one of the MPs who have been included in the Election Commission’s gazette is a public representative. We’ve already turned down the election with hatred. We strongly demand an immediate election under a non-party neutral government and a neutral Election Commission,” he said.
Otherwise, Montu said, they will restore the ‘lost’ democracy through a democratic movement together with people.
“An impartial election, functional democracy and the rule of law will surely be ensured soon in Bangladesh if people remain united,” he added.
Noakhali, Jan 5 (UNB) - BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir on Saturday assured Subarnachar gang-rape victim that their party and Jatiya Oikyafront will always remain beside her.
Standing beside the rape victim at Noakhali General Hospital, an emotion-choked BNP secretary general said, “Sister, you’ve nothing to be worried as we’re with you.”
A weeping Fakhrul also consoled her with his hand on her head, saying, “The trial of such brutality will surely be held and Allah will also ensure justice.”
A heartrending scene was created as the rape victim, her husband and BNP leaders present there also burst into tears.
After Fakhrul, Jatiya Samajtantrik Dal (JSD-Rob) President ASM Abdur Rob, Krishak Sramik Janata League president Kader Siddiqui also consoled the rape victim.
They also provided her with financial assistance, talked to the victim’s family members and enquired about her health condition from doctors at cabin No 9 of the hospital.
Later, talking to reporters, Fakhrul said Awami League has deceived people by depriving them of their voting right. “They (AL) have tuned into public enemy through snatching the voting right of people and taking stance against them.”
He alleged that many people were injured and got crippled in violence unleashed by ruling party men before, during and after the election. “Even, my sister and a mother of four children, was violated in Noakhali. We strongly condemn it and seek justice from people.”
Fakhrul said they together with people will put up a resistance against Awami League’s move to ‘establish one-party rule in the country by annihilating’ democracy.
Senior leaders of BNP and its different associate bodies were also present there.
Around 6 days after the incident, Fakhrul together the leaders of Jatiya Oikyafront and senior BNP leaders started their journey for Noakhali from BNP chairperson’s Gulshan office around 7am.
They reached Noakhali General Hospital by 12:30 pm.
In the early hours of Monday last, a middle-aged woman was reportedly raped by a group of people.
According to the victim’s husband, a group of hoodlums stormed into their house and tied up all the family members except his wife.
Later, they took the woman outside the house at gunpoint where they violated her in turns, the victim’s husband claimed.
With the help of neighbours, the victim was taken to hospital on Monday noon and a case was filed against nine people over the incident.
Dhaka, Jan 5 (UNB) – Awami League general secretary Obaidul Quader on Saturday said BNP has nothing other than complaining to foreigners after its failure in both the election and its movement.
He also described the remarks of BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir over the national election as ‘delirium of a failed politician’.
Quader, also the Road Transport and Bridges Minister, came up with the remarks while talking to reporters before a joint meeting of Awami League secretariat and the party’s different associate bodies at its Bangabandhu Avenue office.
“They (BNP) couldn’t wage a movement over the last 10 years. We thank them as they joined the national election. But they utterly failed in the election, too,” he said.
Quader further said, “What can be their (BNP’s) resort now as they have failed in its movement and the election? Now they’re complaining to foreigners and it’s their old habit.”
He said Awami League was more united during the 11th parliamentary election than in the past. “We achieved a massive victory as we could show a stronger unity through excellent coordination under the leadership of Sheikh Hasina.”
The Awami League general secretary said their President Sheikh Hasina’s strong stance against evil and communal forces also helped the party get an unforgettable victory in the election.
The minister said their party will celebrate the victory through a rally at Suhrawardy Udyan on January 19.
At the beginning of the meeting, one minute silence was observed paying homage to party former secretary general Syed Ashraful Islam.
Four days after being elected an MP of the 11th parliament, Awami League Presidium member and Public Administration Minister Syed Ashraful Islam died of lung cancer at a hospital in Thailand on Thursday night at the age of 67.
Cumilla, Jan 5 (UNB)-BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir on Saturday morning said people’s voting right has been snatched once again through ‘state terrorism’ during the 11th national election.
“The administration and Bangladesh Awami League have absolutely turned into ‘public enemies’ through snatching the voting rights of people,” he said.
The BNP leader was talking to reporters during a break at a restaurant in Cumilla on his way to Subarnachar upazila in Noakhali district to see the woman who was gang-raped after election in the early hours of December 31.
Fakhrul said a reign of terror was created before, during and after the polling day, and a sense of fear has been prevailing in the country since then.
Condemning the incident of gang-rape in Noakhai, Fakhrul urged people to come forward to resist such violence. “We had also talked to the Election Commission and asked it to take steps to stop the violence.”
President of Krishak Sramik Janata League Kader Siddiki and BNP leader Shahid Uddin Chowdhury Annie were also present.
The woman, a mother of four, was gang-raped at Charjubli village in the upazila on December 31 by a gang of 10-12 men after the general election.
Dhaka, Jan 5 (UNB) –Jatiya Party on Saturday nominated its Secretary General Moshiur Rahman Ranga as the opposition chief whip of the 11the parliament.
A letter in this regard signed by Jatiya Party Chairman HM Ershad on Friday was sent to Speaker Dr Shirin Sharmin Choudhury.
Earlier on Friday, HM Ershad said his party will be the main opposition in Parliament while he will act as the Leader of the Opposition.
Contradicting his party’s parliamentary body’s decision, Jatiya Party chairman HM Ershad on Friday said his party will be the main opposition in Parliament while he will act as the Leader of the Opposition.
In a statement on Friday, Jatiya Party chairman Ershad came up with the announcement contradicting the Jatiya Party Parliamentary Party’s decision to join the Awami League-led Grand Alliance government.
Jatiya Party which joined the election as the key partner of the Grand Alliance bagged 22 seats.
Party senior cochairman RaushonErshad was the opposition leader in 10th parliament while some party MPs joined the cabinet.