Dhaka, Nov 15 (UNB) – BNP has sold 4,112 nomination papers over the last four days among the aspirants who want to contest the 11th parliamentary elections with its tickets.
Of the total figure, 1,326 forms were sold on the first day on Monday while 1,896 on Tuesday, 488 on Wednesday and 402 as of 4pm on Thursday.
BNP senior joint secretary general Ruhul Kabir Rizvi came up with the statistics at a press conference at the party’s Nayapaltan central office.
He said 1,209 forms were also submitted by the aspirates after filling those over the last two days.
The BNP leader said the nomination seekers are heading towards their own constituencies after submitting their nomination forms.
On Monday morning, the party formally started the sale of nomination with the purchase of three nomination papers for its jailed chairperson Khaleda Zia.
Dhaka, Nov 15 (UNB) – Awami League General Secretary Obaidul Quader on Thursday said AQM Badruddoza Chowdhury-led Juktofront will ‘undoubtedly’ participate in the upcoming national election under their party-led alliance.
He came up with the remark while talking to reporters at the AL President’s Dhanmondi political office after a meeting of the Awami League Parliamentary Board (ALPB) held with Prime Minister and AL President Sheikh Hasina in the chair.
About finalising the AL nominations, Quader, also Road Transport and Bridges Minister, said they have reports of 5-6 surveys carried out by different agencies on the probable candidates in their hands and the ALPB members are scrutinising the reports.
He said the nominations will be finalised within two or three days. “We’re taking our time to choose our candidates as the election date has deferred to December 30 from December 23,” he said.
The ruling party leader also said other components of the AL-led alliance may get 65-70 seats in the 11th parliamentary elections. “However, this may vary given any change in the election atmosphere,” he added.
Asked about the AL manifesto for the upcoming election, Quader said the preparations for formulating it are at the final stage and it will be published soon.
A huge number of party leaders and activists gathered in front of the party chief’s political office since morning.
Dhaka, Nov 15 (UNB) – BNP on Thursday alleged that Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has violated the election code of conduct by holding a meeting with her party’s 4,500 nomination seekers at her official residence Ganobhaban.
Speaking at a press conference at BNP’s Nayapaltan central office, party senior joint secretary general Ruhul Kabir Rizvi criticised the Election Commission (EC) for what he said playing a silent role over the matter.
“The Prime Minister’s meeting with Awami League’s nomination seekers at Ganobhaban is a clear violation of section 14 (2) of the election code of conduct,” he said.
The BNP leader further said, “The Chief Election Commissioner is silent over such unlawful party activities at a state establishment spending public money.”
He alleged that though the vehicle movement came to a halt on the roads in the areas adjacent to Ganobhaban on Wednesday due to gathering of Awami League leaders and activists, law enforcers did not take any action against them.
Rizvi alleged that the law enforcers are acting as per the directives of the ruling party.
He said the ruling party leaders and activists got huge legal and illegal arms over the last 10 years.
Though the election schedule is announced, the BNP leader said, the Commission is yet to issue any order to deposit arms to the authorities concerned as it wants to hold a ‘voter-less violent’ election.
He alleged that the Election Commission is working to keep the field level for a particular party.
Rizvi said people believe that police attacked their party leaders and activists and wounded them with bullets in front of their office on Wednesday at the behest of ruling party general secretary Obaidul Quader.
He alleged the clash ensued after police ran their vehicle over their leaders and activists. ”We want to know from the Commission how come police ran their vehicle on people.”
Dhaka, Nov 15 (UNB) - Jatiya Party Chairman HM Ershad on Thursday said the chaotic incident that took place in front of BNP’s office indicates that it may not join the 11th parliamentary elections.
“It’ll be good if BNP comes to the polls. Jatiya Party will contest the 300 seats if BNP finally doesn’t join the election,” he said.
The Jatiya Party chief came up with the remarks while talking to reporters at his Banani office.
He said they still did not discuss joining the election in alliance. “If BNP joins the election, we’ll go to the polls in alliance. Hope, we’ll get a decent number of seats if we contest the election in alliance.”
Ershad said their party’s parliamentary board meeting will take the final decision about it on November 18.
He said their party leaders and activists are delighted ahead of the election as about 2,500 nomination forms of the party were sold over the last four days. “It’s a very positive sign for Jatiya Party.”
The Jatiya Party chairman said their party will have good results in the election if the party leaders and activists work together.
Dhaka, Nov 15 (UNB) – All the alliance partners of the Dr Kamal Hossain-led Jatiya Oikyafront have decided to contest the 11th parliamentary elections with a common symbol, ‘Sheaf of Paddy’.
Nagorik Oikya Convener Mahmudur Rahman Manna came up with the announcement on Thursday after a meeting of the alliance leaders at Dr Kamal Hossain’s Motijheel chamber.
“We’ve decided at our meeting that we all the parties who’ve formed the Jatiya Oikyafront will contest the election with a common election symbol and this common symbol is the Sheaf of Paddy,” he said.
About Wednesday’s clash between police and BNP activists at Nayapaltan, he said the incident took place due to government provocations.
Manna also said Awami League leader HT Imam threatened the Election Commission with his comment that the election cannot be delayed even for an hour.
He alleged that the government wants Oikyafront not to join the election, but they will go to the polls braving all the odds and obstacles.
The Oikyafront leader also said they will continue to press their demand for delaying the election.
On October 13, BNP together with Dr Kamal Hossain-led Jatiya Oikya Prokriya, Gono Forum, JSD and Nagorik Oikya launched the Jatiya Oikyafront to press for their seven-point demand. Later, Abdul Kader Siddiqui-led Krishak Sramik Janata joined the alliance.