Dhaka, Nov 6 (UNB) - BNP will observe what it says the National Revolution and Solidarity Day on Wednesday (Nov 7), marking the ‘civil-military uprising' in 1975.
On this day in 1975, amid political turmoil, soldiers and civilians jointly freed then chief of army staff Ziaur Rahman from captivity in Dhaka cantonment, paving the way for Zia to come to power.
BNP has chalked out a two-day programme to observe the day with due respect.
As part of the programme, the party flag will be hoisted atop all of its offices across the country on Wednesday morning while BNP leaders and activists will place wreaths and offer fateha at the grave of late President and party founder Ziaur Rahman at 10am.
The party will also arrange a discussion at the Institution of Engineers, Bangladesh on Thursday.
Besides, BNP’s associate bodies will hold various programmes, including discussions, cultural programmes, essay competition, photo exhibition and publishing supplements in newspapers in observance of the day.
While BNP and its alliances celebrate November 7 as the National Revolution and Solidarity Day, the ruling Awami League and its front organisations consider it as the day of 'killing of freedom fighters'. Jatiya Samajtantrik Dal (JSD-Rob) observes it as the day of civil-military revolution.
Dhaka, Nov 6 (UNB) – Leaders of Left Democratic Alliance (LDA), a platform of left-leaning political parties, sat in a dialogue with Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Tuesday evening over the next general election.
A 16-member LDA delegation, led by its convener Saiful Huq, General Secretary of Biplobi Worker’s Party, joined the talks that started at 7:15pm at the Prime Minister’s official residence Ganobhanan.
The other delegation members include Mujahidul Islam Selim, president of Communist Party of Bangladesh; Mushrefa Mishu, president of Ganatantrik Biplobi Party; Zonayed Saki, convener of Ganosamhati Andolon; Mosharraf Hossain Nannu, general secretary of United Communist League of Bangladesh; Hamidul Haque, convener of Bangladesher Samajtantrik Anodolon; Khalekuzzaman, general secretary of Bangladesher Samajtantrik Dal; and Shuvrangshu Chakrabarty, central member of Bangladesher Samajtantrik Dal (Marxist).
At the dialogue, the Left Democratic Alliance is expected to discuss its seven-point demand, including formation of a neutral caretaker government, dissolution of the current parliament before election schedule and reconstruction of the Election Commission.
Dhaka, Nov 6 (UNB) – Hours after Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina asked four technocrat ministers of the current cabinet to step down, Nurul Islam BSc has resigned as the Expatriates’ Welfare and Overseas Employment Minister.
He submitted his resignation letter to the Cabinet Division on Tuesday evening, said his assistant private secretary Niaj Morshed Niru.
He said minister’s personal secretary Abul Hasnat Humayun Kabir submitted the resignation letter to the Cabinet Division on behalf of Nurul Islam around 6:30pm.
Earlier in the day, the Prime Minister directed the four technocrat ministers to quit the cabinet, said Awami League general secretary Obaidul Quader while talking to reporters at Ganobhaban after the Cabinet meeting.
He, however, said the other ministers will remain there as usual in their respective posts.
The four technocrat ministers are Religious Affairs Minister Principal Matior Rahman, Posts, Telecommunications and Information Technology Minister Mustafa Jabbar, Expatriates' Welfare and Overseas Employment Minister Nurul Islam BSc and Science and Technology Minister Architect Yafesh Osman.
Dhaka, Nov 6 (UNB) – Chairman of Bikolpa Dhara Bangladesh-led Jukto Front Dr AQM Badruddoza Chowdhury on Tuesday sent a letter to President Abdul Hamid seeking talks with him over the upcoming general election.
Besides, BDB Secretary Maj (retd) Abdul Mannan sent a letter to Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) KM Nurul Huda urging him to sit with the party leaders by November 9 for a discussion on various election issues.
In the letter sent to the President at Bangabhaban around 10am, B Chowdhury said, “Jukto Front leaders are eager to discuss some important issues with you.”
He also said, “According to the constitution, the Election Commission is mainly responsible for holding the election…the Commission remains under the absolute control of President during the election. So, we want to discuss the Election Commission’s authority and responsibilities with you aiming to make the election process neutral.”
The Jkukta Front chief also requested the President to fix the date for the talks by Wednesday as the time is very short.
In the letter sent to the CEC, Abdul Mannan requested the Commission to fix a date for discussion with a Jukta Front delegation by November 9.
BDB’s Organisational Secretary Barrister Omar Farroque carried the letter to the Commission.
Dhaka, Nov 5 (UNB) – Dr Kamal Hossain-led Jatiya Oikyafront will announce action programmes from its scheduled rally at Suhrawardy Udyan on Tuesday to push for its various demands for holding the forthcoming election in a fair and credible manner.
“We’ve decided at the meeting to announce our future action programmes from tomorrow’s (Tuesday’s) rally, said BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir.
He came up with the remarks while talking to reporters after a meeting of the senior leaders of the alliance at Moudud Ahmed’s Motijheel chamber.
Fakhrul, however, said they will not announce any such programme which may hamper their scheduled talks with the Prime Minister on Wednesday morning.
He said their meeting welcomed Kader Siddiqui for joining the Oikyafront and decided to include his party in the alliance.
Besides, he said, they talked about their possible discussions to be held with the Prime Minister during the talks.
The meeting expressed shock at the death of BNP standing committee member Tariqul Islam.
It also condemned the attack on Barrister Mainul Hosein under police custody at Rangpur court and demanded his release.
BNP standing committee members Khandaker Mosharraf Hossain, JSD president Abdur Rob, vice-president Tania Rob, general secretary Abdul Malek Ratan, Gono Forum leaders Mostafa Mohsin Montu, Subrata Chowdhury, Jatiya Oikya Prokriya’s Sultan Mansur and ABM Mostafa Amin were present at the meeting.
Earlier in the day, the alliance got permission from the Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP) to hold its planned public rally at Suhrawardy Udyan on Tuesday.
“The DMP authorities have given us permission on different conditions to hold the rally tomorrow (Tuesday) at Suhrawardy Udyan,” BNP publicity affairs secretary Shahid Uddin Chowdhury Anne told UNB.
The BNP leader said DMP Commissioner Asaduzzaman Mia gave the permission as he along with the party’s two other leaders met him at his office around 11:30am.
On Friday, BNP senior joint secretary general Ruhul Kabir Rizvi, on behalf of the Oikyafront, announced the programme at a press conference at BNP’s Nayapaltan central office, aiming to push for its seven-point demand ahead of the 11th parliamentary elections.
It will be the third rally of the Oikyafront as the alliance held rallies in Sylhet and Chattogram on October 24 and 27 respectively.
The rally is going to be held hours before the Oikyafront leaders’ second phase of small-group talks with Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina. The dialogue will be held at Ganobhaban at 11am on Wednesday.
Oikyafront leaders said they will give some important messages for the nation from the rally ahead of the national election.