Dhaka, Sept 4 (UNB) – A day after party chairman GM Quader’s letter for officially recognising him as the Leader of the Opposition in Parliament, Jatiya Party Senior Co-Chairman Raushon Ershad on Wednesday wrote to the Speaker not to accept it.
In the letter sent to Speaker Shirin Sharmin Chaudhury, Raushon said GM Quader sent the letter without any decision at the party forum and meeting of the Jatiya Party Parliamentary Party.
Party presidium member Mujibul Haque Chunnu handed over Raushon’s letter to the Speaker’s office in the afternoon.
Before sending the letter, some Jatiya Party leaders, including Anisul Islam Mahmud, Mujibul Haque Chunnu and Fakhrul Imam, had a long meeting with Raushon at her Gulshan residence.
Talking to reporters after the meeting, Chunnu said GM Quader did not send the letter following due procedures. “The letter was sent without any meeting of Jatiya Party’s Parliamentary Party. So, it was an informal letter by GM Quader.”
As an MP of the party, he said he was not aware of GM Quader’s letter. “Deputy Leader of the Opposition Raushon was also not informed about the letter.”
He said Raushon in her letter requested the Speaker to ignore GM Quader’s letter since it was sent without any formal decision of the party’s parliamentary party.
On Tuesday, a letter was sent to the Speaker by GM Quader for appointing him the Leader of the Opposition in Parliament.
Five Jatiya Party MPs, headed by, Kazi Feroz Rashid, took the letter to the Speaker’s office. The consent papers of 15 MPs were enclosed with the letter.
The post of the Leader of the Opposition in Parliament fell vacant following Jatiya Party Chairman HM Ershad's death on July 14.
On January 10 this year, Ershad and his brother GM Quader were officially recognised as Leader of the Opposition and Deputy Leader of the Opposition respectively in the 11th parliament.
In a dramatic move on March 23, Ershad picked his wife Raushon Ershad, senior co-chairman of the party, as the Deputy Leader of the opposition in parliament, relieving GM Quader of the post. Raushon was the opposition leader in the 10th parliament.
Jatiya Party joined the 11th general election as the key partner of the Grand Alliance and bagged 22 seats. After the election, the party decided to play the role of opposition in parliament.
Jatiya Party sources said party presidium members and MPs are divided into two groups over selecting the opposition leader.
Some leaders loyal to Raushon want her to play the role of the opposition leader while others favour GM Quader for the post as his the party chief.
Dhaka, Sept 4 (UNB) – BNP on Wednesday opposed the reintroduced provision in the Offshore Model PSC for export of gas by the drilling companies, saying the government did it to hang onto power by sacrificing country’s interests.
“There’s been a plot to control Bangladesh and its market. An arrangement has been made to export gas from Bangladesh sacrificing its interests,” said BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir.
Speaking at a discussion, he further said, “If you look around, you’ll see Bangladesh has turned into an international market where country’s interests are being harmed. Country’s all interests are being sacrificed (by the government) only to cling to power.”
He recalled that current Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina said her party was defeated in the 2001 election for not signing the gas export deal.
Northern Region Student Forum arranged the programme at the Jatiya Press Club, marking the 12th jail release day of BNP acting chairman Tarique Rahman.
According to media reports, the Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs recently approved the Offshore Model Production Sharing Contract (Model PSC) 2019 reintroducing the provision for export of gas by the drilling companies from Bangladesh’s offshore blocks in the Bay.
Fakhrul also voiced apprehension that Bangladesh may face another danger like Rohingya one following the publication of the National Register of Citizens (NRC) in India’s Assam excluding the names of about 19.07 lakh applicants, and urged the country’s people to remain alert about it. “Apart from the Rohingya problem, more danger is coming ahead and we should not keep our eyes closed.”
He alleged that the government still could not send any Rohingya to Myanmar as two main foreign friends -- India and China -- have sided with Myanmar.
The BNP leader called upon people to get united to protect the country’s independence and sovereignty, and restore democracy.
He strongly protested and condemned the jailing of former caretaker government adviser Barrister Mainul Hosein. “He was sent to jail again for raising voice against the government. We demand that the cases filed against him be withdrawn.”
Fakhrul also demanded the government withdraw cases failed against 26 lakh BNP leaders and activists, including Khaleda Zia and Tarique Rahman, and take steps for arranging a fresh national election under a neutral administration and the Election Commission.
Dhaka, Sept 3 (UNB) – BNP on Tuesday voiced deep concern over reports by some Indian media that the people left out of the National Register of Citizens (NRC) in India’s Assam could be pushed across the border, saying it may cause another grave danger for Bangladesh.
“The government couldn’t send a single Rohingya to their homeland in Myanmar. Many children are being born in the Rohingya camps every day. What will be their national identity?” questioned BNP senior joint secretary general Ruhul Kabir Rizvi.
Speaking at a press briefing at BNP’s Nayapaltan central office, he further said, “Amid such a concern, the citizenship of over 19 lakh people was stripped in India’s Assam. It’s heard that they’ll be pushed to Bangladesh, posing another serious danger for the country.”
On Saturday, the final NRC was made public excluding the names of about 19.07 lakh applicants, mostly Bengali-speaking people, as they failed to prove that they had come to India before March 24, 1971, just before Bangladesh’s Liberation began.
In an interview with Indian media News18 following the publication of the NRC, Assam Finance Minister and ruling BJP leader Himanta Biswas Sarma said they will ask Bangladesh to ‘take their people back’. ”We’ll approach Bangladesh and ask them to take their people back, but during that time we won’t allow them to vote and give them certain amenities.”
In his reaction to the publication of NRC, Foreign Minister AK Abdul Momen said it is an internal issue of India and he did not think those excluded from the final list of Assam’s NRC are Bangladeshis.
Rizvi called upon the government to call for an all-party meeting ensuring the presence of BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia to find ways to overcome the Rohingya crisis.
He said their party thinks Rohingya is an international issue and a national policy must be worked out through an all-party meeting to tackle the problem.
The BNP leader criticised the government for obstructing their party at different parts of the country from taking out rallies on Monday, marking its 41st founding anniversary.
Dhaka, Sept 3 (UNB) - Rahgir Al Mahi alias Saad Ershad, the eldest son of late Jatiya Party Chairman HM Ershad, on Tuesday bought the party nomination form to contest the Rangpur-3 by-polls that fell vacant following his father’s death.
Saad, flanked by some party senior leaders, collected the nomination form from Jatiya Party chairman’s Banani office.
Earlier, Jatiya Party presidium member Fakhar-uz-Zaman Jahangir, its joint general secretary and Rangpur city unit general secretary SM Yasir, executive committee member and Ershad’s niece Mehejebunnesa Rahman Tumpa collected the party nomination form to contest the by-polls.
Jatiya Party sources said though Saad was not active in politics when his father was alive, he is now joining its many events as his mother and party senior cochairman Raushon Ershad is interested in making him the candidate for the by-polls as his father’s heir.
SM Yasir collected party nomination paper taking Ershad’s another son Eric Ershad with him, sparking criticism by a section of party leaders.
The party’s nomination seekers will have to submit their nomination forms by 5pm on Thursday next.
Later, a party nomination board, headed by its chairman GM Quader, will finalise the candidate after interviewing the aspirants.
Talking to reporters after collecting the nomination form, Saad said he wants to accomplish the unending tasks of his father being elected MP from the Rangpur-3 seat.
“I’ll be there in the election race if our party nominates me as its candidate. But I won’t join the by-polls as an independent candidate,” he said.
Saad hoped that their party will pick him as the candidate for the by-polls. “I’m also confident that I’ll come out successful if get the nomination as people of Rangpur will vote me. I’ll implement the unpunished tasks of my father if I get elected.”
The by-election to Rangpur-3 seat will be held on October 5.
According to the election schedule announced by the Election Commission, the deadline for the submission of nomination papers is September 9.
The date for scrutinising the nomination papers is September 11 and the last date for withdrawal of candidature is September 16.
Dhaka, Sept 2 (UNB) – The final list of 27 valid candidates for the elections to president and general secretary posts of BNP’s student body, Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD), was announced on Monday.
JCD election steering committee found eight legal candidates out of 27 aspirants who submitted nomination papers to vie for its president post while that of 19 out of 89 for the general secretary post in the council slated for September 14 next, said a press release.
The legal candidates for the JCD president posts are Kazi Rawnaqul Islam Shaon, Mahmudul Hasan Bappi, Hafizur Rahman, Riyadh M Tanbvir Reza Ruble, M Ershad Khan, M Fazlur Rahman Khokon, SM Sajid Hasan Babu and ABM Mahmud Alam Sarder.
The 19 valid candidates for the BNP student body’s general secretary post include Jakirul Islam Jakir, M Karimul Hye (Nayeem), Mazedul Islam Rumon, Dalia Rahman, M Aminur Rahman Amin, Sheikh Abu Taher, Shah Nawaj, Sadiqur Rahman, KM Sakhawat Hossain, Sirajul Islam, M Iqbal Hossain Shaymol ,M Jewel Hawlader ( Saif Mahmud Jewel), M Hasan (Tanjil Hasan), Munshi Anisur Rahman, M Mizanur Rahman Sharif, Sheikh Mohammad Moshiur Rahman Roni, Mostafizur Rahman, Sohel Rana and Kazi Mazharul Islam.
The final list of the candidates was amounted after scrutinising the nomination papers and disposing of appeals of the aspirants.
On August 27, a total of 27 candidates submitted nomination papers to vie for the JCD president post while 89 for its general secretary post.
As per the schedule announced by JCD election steering committee, 580 councillors of the student body’s 117 organisational units will elect their president and general secretary through direct balloting on September 14.
JCD's last committee was formed on October 14, 2014, with Rajib Ahsan as its president and Akramul Hasan as general secretary, and it was dissolved on June 3 last.