Jhenaidah, Dec 26 (UNB) – Police arrested Jatiya Oikyafront nominated candidate for Jhenaidah-3 constituency Motiar Rahman from the capital's Rayer Bazar area early Tuesday.
The arrestee Motiar Rahman, also a central leader of Jamaat-e-Islami, was accused in 20 cases including those of vandalism and carrying out bomb attacks, said Md. Hasanuzzaman, superintendent of Jhenaidah police.
Acting on a tip-off, a team of Jhenaidah police in association with the Dhaka Metropolitan Police arrested Motiar Rahman, said the police super.
The team also recovered two laptops and seven mobile phones from his possession.
Dhaka, Dec 25 (UNB) – Allegations of attacks, threats and harassments, tearing down posters, fictitious cases, arrests have been brought against the ruling party men and law enforcers by the BNP candidates of Habiganj, Bogura and Joypurhat districts.
In Habiganj, GK Gaus, an Oikyafront aspirant from Habiganj-3 constituency urged the local administration to refrain from working for ‘Boat’.
“The local administration has lost its neutrality working for ‘Boat’ and they do everything necessary for the victory of ‘Boat’,” said GK Gaus, BNP candidate of Habiganj-3 constituency, also the former mayor of Habiganj Municipality while talking at a press briefing at his party office in the afternoon.
“We have come to the election following the commitment of the Prime Minister as she had said that no ‘false cases’ will be filed and none will be arrested after the pronouncement of the election schedule. But in reality, some 135 BNP men have been arrested under the constituency after the announcement of the election schedule,” he said.
He also alleged that the law enforcers detained 18 leaders of BNP-led 20-party alliance on Monday night, vandalizes motorbikes and took some leaders into custody.
“During the drive, a policeman said that ‘Who have told you to participate in the election? We do not want your participation. We could no sleep in the night silently following the directives of the higher official concerned. Keep aside from election if you want your live’,” said Gaus while briefing.
The Awami League aspirant Abu Zahir is conducting his election campaign with police protocol, violating the electoral code of conduct, he said. Though written complaint has been submitted to the returning officer and Chief Election Commissioner but they did not respond to it, he added.
“I have a video footage of MP Zahir, saying to vote for boat openly in different election rallies,” he said.
In Bogura, BNP candidate of Bogura – 5 constituency, Golam Mohammad Siraj alleged that he has been kept under confinement and refrained from operating election campaign.
Twice his party men were torture and his car was also vandalised but he received no help in this regard from the police or Upazila Nirbahi Officer (UNO), he said.
“On Monday at Kusombi union in Sherpur upazila AL men vandalised four cars and beat up his supporters while today police barred their prescheduled campaign in the name of security,” he added.
In Joypurhat-2 constituency, the candidate of BNP Advocate Abu Yusuf Md Khalilur Rahman alleged that his election campaign has been foiled by the ruling party men using muscle power and threats.
In a press conference at Press Club in Sadar upazila, he said there is no atmosphere of election prevails in the district.
The life of his supporters were under threat as AL men beating them up and filing fake cases against them in his electoral areas, he said.
His supporters could not enter many electoral areas so far as AL men swoop on them with local weapons if anyone tries to distribute leaflets or attack posters of BNP in those areas, he alleged.
Noakhali, Dec 25 (UNB) - Awami League General Secretary Obaidul Quader on Tuesday said their party never comes to power through the backdoor.
“There’s no instance that Awami League assumed power without election,” he said while addressing a press conference at the district AL office in the afternoon.
Quader, also Road Transport and Bridges Minister, said, “We came to power in 1996 after winning the parliamentary elections. We were defeated in the conspiratorial election in 2001. We again assumed power through the 2008 election.”
Turning to BNP, he said they started making negative comments about the Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) and Election Commission (EC) much before the election process started.
“They thanked the Commission after getting back candidacy of their several candidates. The Commission is good when its decision goes in favour of them and it’s bad when its decision goes against them,” the ruling party leader said.
“The Election Commission is not neutral unless it sides with BNP and Jatiya Oikyafront. This is their mentality,” he said.
Apparently referring to Election Commissioner Mahbub Talukder, Quader said there is someone in the Commission who issues notes of dissent and talks to reporters calling them to his room.
District Awami League President Prof Khairul Anam Selim, Vice-president Abdur Rahman Manju and Sadar upazila parishad Chairman Advocate Shihab Uddin were, among others, present on the occasion.
Sirajganj, Dec 25 (UNB) – At least 14 people were reportedly injured after the election campaign of BNP’s Sirajganj-3 constituency candidate was allegedly attacked by Awami League activists in the Sadar Upazila.
The ruling party’s local unit rejected the allegation.
BNP’s upazila unit General Secretary Shamsul Islam said they held a rally in front of the party office in Dhangora Bazar with the permission of the election official and police. After the rally, BNP candidate Mannan Talukdar and his supporters started canvassing in the area.
“Awami League activists attacked us in presence of police,” he claimed.
The attackers vandalised a motorcycle and several benches and chairs of the BNP office, he added.
But AL’s upazila unit General Secretary Shariful Islam Sharif said the BNP activists had first attacked Awami League men. “Four to five of our activists were injured. A running battle took place when the locals tried to stop the attack,” he said.
Raiganj Police Station’s Officer-in-Charge Panchananda Sarkar said there was a pitched battle between BNP and Awami League activists. “We rushed to the spot but did not find anything,” he said.
Narayanganj, Dec 25 (UNB) – BNP Secretary General Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir on Tuesday urged voters to go to polling stations on December 30, defying “obstacles and threats from the government.”
“The opposition parties have united to wage a movement for change with the ‘sheaf of paddy’ (BNP’s electoral symbol),” he told a road rally near Kanchan Bridge in Rupganj Upazila.
Fakhrul urged the people to vote for his party “to ensure the freedom of [BNP Chairperson] Khaleda Zia and the people.”
“As the owners of the land, you will have to elect your representatives to run the country for the next five years,” he said.
BNP’s Narayanganj-1 candidate Kazi Moniruzzaman, Khaleda’s adviser Taimur Alam Khondakar, among others, attended the rally.