Noakhali, Dec 23 (UNB) – Taking a jibe at BNP, Awami League General Secretary Obaidul Quader on Sunday said Khaleda Zia’s party has already lost the game before losing it in the national election as it is now in a complete mess.
“The defeat of the anti-liberation forces in this country of freedom fighters is a must. BNP is a party of terrorism, corruption and killings …the people of this country have rejected them [BNP leaders],” he said.
Obaidul Quader, also Road Transport and Bridges Minister, was addressing a rally at Pilot High School ground.
Coming down heavily on BNP, Quader said if this party returns to power it will again set up ‘Hawa Bhaban’ and make the country champion in corruption again. “Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has taken the country towards the path of light, but they’ll take it back to the darkness if BNP comes to power.”
About his own party, Quader said the problem of Awami League is that ‘it wins before it really wins’. “You [party workers] please don’t win before you really win.”
The minister urged all to vote for the Awami League candidates in the national election to keep up the trend of development in the country.
Quader renewed his party’s election pledge it made in its previous manifesto that at least one unemployed member of each family would get job if Awami League returns to power.
AL candidate of Noakhali-3 constituency M Morshed Alam and district AL vice-president Ataur Rahman Bhuiyan and other local leaders, among others, addressed the rally.
Dhaka, Dec 23 (UNB) – Jatiya Oikyafront leader Mahmudur Rahman Manna on Sunday said the situation now prevailing in the country is not congenial for holding a free and fair election.
"This is not the right environment for a fair election. If this situation continues and the people of the country burst into anger, the ruling party will be responsible,” he said.
Manna, also the Nagarik Oikya convener, came up with the remarks while talking to reporters after a meeting with Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) KM Nurul Huda at Nirbachan Bhaban.
He also informed the CEC about attack on, harassment of his supporters and activists at his election constituency Bagura-2.
Manna said people want to vote independently while they (ruling party) are trying to snatch vote from people. "I strongly condemn it," he added.
Manna claimed that the EC just listen to all the complaints but does not take any step.
In a written complaint submitted to the CEC, he demanded immediate release of arrested Oikyafront leaders and activists and end of filling cases against them.
Thakurgaon, Dec 23 (UNB) – BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir on Sunday alleged that Awami League-government has victimised people of every house with cases instead of giving them jobs as per its commitment.
“So, there’s no alternative to bringing a change in the government through casting your vote for Sheaf of Paddy,” he told an election rally at Akhanagar in Sadar upazila.
The BNP leader said their party wants the government to be changed through a peaceful and credible election. “But, Awami League wants to retain power by intimidating people with repressive acts and filing cases against them by police.”
He warned the government that it cannot stay in power for a long time by repressing and intimidating people, and filing cases against them.
The BNP secretary general called upon the officials of police and civil administration to work neutrally so that people can exercise their franchise in a peaceful ad congenial atmosphere.
Fakhrul, a candidate of Thakurgaon-1 seat, urged the voters to cast their ballots for ‘Sheaf of paddy’ to ensure BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia’s release from jail and real development of the country and its people.
He promised that the farmers will get the fair prices of their produces while the unemployed youths allowances if BNP and its alliance partners are voted to power.
The BNP leader said they, if voted to power, will create a separate ministry for the minority community members to ensure their welfare.
Dhaka, Dec 23 (UNB) – Tangail-4 independent candidate Abdul Latif Siddiqui on Sunday stepped aside from the election race protesting attacks on his election campaigns by his rivals.
A former Awami League minister, Latif Siddiqui went to the Election Commission in the city and informed it about his decision.
Earlier in the morning, he made an announcement in this regard at his residence in the capital, according to his family sources.
Before leaving the EC office, he distributed the copies of his statement among journalists to inform them about his decision.
In his statement, Latif Siddiqui said, “Protesting the attacks by rivals, and instigated by the supporters of the local Member of Parliament and police, I have decided to quit the election race.”
Latif Siddiqui was admitted to Tangail General Hospital after he fell sick on Wednesday while continuing fast unto death programme protesting an attack on his motorcade during electioneering.
Demanding withdrawal of the officer-in-charge of Kalihati Police Station and immediate arrest of those attacked his motorcade, the expelled AL leader who is contesting the election as an independent candidate from Tangail-4 (Kalihati) constituency, had gone on hunger strike on December 16 and fell sick on December 18.
Latif Siddiqui came under attack allegedly by the supporters of a local union parishad chairman backed by an MP at Soratail in Kalihati upazila that left 20 people injured.
Dhaka, Dec 23 (UNB) - The Election Commission will sit in a meeting today (Sunday) to decide whether the 25 Jamaat-e-Islami candidates will be able to contest in the 11th parliamentary election or not.
Among the Jamaat candidates, 22 are contesting with BNP’s symbol ‘sheaf of paddy’ while other three independently.
Earlier on December 18, the High Court directed the commission to dispose the application filed for cancelling the candidacy of 25 Jamaat-e-Islami men by three working days.
Four individuals filed a writ with the High Court challenging the legality of those candidates' election race.
Jamaat-e-Islami Bangladesh, however, was earlier scrapped of registration as a political party.