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.
Dhaka, Nov 5 (UNB) – The Awami League-led 14-party alliance and the Jatiya Party-led Sammilito Jatiya Jote on Monday agreed that they will join the next general election together under the banner of Grand Alliance.
“We’ve reached a consensus that we, the Grand Alliance, including the 14-party, will contest the election in alliance and form the government together,” said Awami League General Secretary Obaidul Quader.
He came up with the remarks while talking to reporters after a dialogue between the 14-party and Sammilito Jatiya Jote at the Prime Minister’s official residence Ganobhaban.
Quader said there will be equation in the ruling alliance on the basis of political polarisation.
He said Jatiya Party also agreed with the 14-praty to hold the election as per the law and the Constitution.
He also said they did not take any decision about the seat shearing with Jatiya Party as it will be finalised later after a small-group discussion. “It’s not a problem.”
The AL general secretary said a positive and constructive discussion was held in a very cordial atmosphere.
Replying to a query, he said no one can distract the government from the path of the Constitution by putting pressure in the name of movement.
Emerging from the dialogue, Jatiya Party Co-chairman GM Quader said if BNP joins the next general election, their party will contest the polls as a component of the Grand Alliance. "If all parties don’t participate in the election for any reason, we'll field candidates in all the 300 constituencies," he said when asked what Jatiya Party will do if BNP finally boycotts the polls.
GM Quader said they agreed that the election will be held in line with the present Constitution. The discussion was held in a very cordial atmosphere, he added.
The JaPa leader said they assured that their party will continue the intimacy with the Awami League and 14-party alliance as it did in the past.
The Jatiya Party leader also said the matter of seat sharing will be disposed of through a small-scale negotiation later.
In her introductory speech at the dialogue, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina said the country’s ongoing development trend will continue through a meaningful general election. "There’ll be the continuation of the development trend through a meaningful election," she said.
Prime Minister and Awami League President Sheikh Hasina led a 23-member 14-party delegation while Jatiya Party Chairman HM Ershad a 32-member team of the Jatiya Jote at the talks that began around 7:15 pm and ended around 9pm at the Prime Minister's official residence Ganobhaban.
Describing vote as the rights of citizens, the Prime Minister said the country’s people will certainly exercise their voting rights.
She said it is Awami League which struggled for long to establish people’s voting rights.
She mentioned that the responsibility of the politicians is to work for people’s welfare and the Awami League government has been working to this end.
Sheikh Hasina said Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman developed the war-ravaged country soon after the Liberation War and turned Bangladesh into a least developed one only in three and a half years of his tenure.
Following his footprint, she said, the Awami League government has worked for the socio-economic uplift of the people for which Bangladesh has now been established as a developing country.
The Prime Minister thanked the Opposition in Parliament, Jatiya Party, for cooperating with the government in unleashing development.
Jatiya Party Senior Co-chairman and Opposition Leader in Parliament Raushon Ershad, its Co-chairman GM Quader, Secretary General Ruhul Amin Hawlader and Presidium Member and Environment, Forests and Climate Change Minister Barrister Anisul Islam Mahmud were among the Jatiya Jote delegation memebrs.
Dhaka, Nov 5 (UNB) –A 22-member delegation of Sammilito Jatiya Jote led by Jatiya Party chairman HM Ershad sat in a dialogue with Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina at Ganobhaban on Monday evening in a bid to reach a consensus over holding the next general election in a fair and credible manner.
The dialogue between Hasina-led 14 party alliance and Sammilito Jatiya Jote began at 7:30 pm.
Prime Minister and Awami League President Sheikh Hasina on Wednesday night invited Jatiya Party to join the talks.
Earlier, Ershad sent a letter to Sheikh Hasina seeking dialogue with her party over the upcoming general election.
On November 1, a 23-member delegation of 14-party, led by Sheikh Hasina, sat in talks at Ganobhaban with Dr Kamal Hossain-led 20-member Oikyafront team.
After the meeting, Oikyafront leaders said they placed their seven-point demand before Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina but did not find any specific solution except some good words about rallies and meetings.
Sheikh Hasina invited the Oikyafront leaders to join the dialogue on October 29 following a letter sent to her by Dr Kamal Hossain on behalf of the alliance, seeking talks on election issues.
Dhaka, Nov 5 (UNB) – The senior leaders of Jatiya Oikyafront is going meet Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) KM Nurul Huda on Monday afternoon for requesting him not to announce the next general election schedule on November 8.
The meeting will be held at Agargaon Election Commission (EC) Bhaban around 3 pm, said BNP vice chairman Barkatullah Bulu.
Jatiya Samajtantrik Dal (JSD-Rob) president ASM Abur Rob will lead the Oikyafront delegation, he said.
The other delegation members are BNP standing committee members Gayeshwar Chandra Roy, Nazrul Islam Khan, Barkatullah Bulu, Nagorik Oikya convener Mahmudur Rahman Manna and Gano Forum’s presidium member Mofizul Islam Khan Kamal.
Earlier on Saturday, Dr Kamal Hossain, on behalf of the Oikyafront, sent a letter to the CEC requesting him not to announce the next general election schedule until the ongoing dialogue is over.
However, the Election Commission on Sunday said it will announce the schedule for the next parliamentary election on November 8.
The decision came at a meeting of the Commission with the CEC in the chair.