Dhaka, Dec 12 (UNB) –BNP has come down heavily on Chief Election Commissioner KM Nurul Huda for apparently not doing anything about the attacks on the party’s election campaigns.
"We think he (CEC) is helpless and really embarrassed because he cannot do anything,” BNP Vice-Chairman Selima Rahman told reporters on Wednesday.
BNP has long been critical of the Election Commission, going to the extentof calling it “subservient to the government.”
But the EC has been maintaining that it is neutral and will do everything to ensure a free, fair and inclusive general election.
“The parliamentary polls will be acceptable if the CEC takes proper action,”Selima said, after leading a five-member delegation to a meeting with Huda at Nirbachan Bhaban on Wednesday.
"We’ve come to the CEC with our complaints because he said he would ensure a level-playing field,” she said.
‘AL attacking BNP campaigns’
BNP Secretary General MirzaFakhrul Islam Alamgir’s motorcade was attacked in Thakurgaon on Tuesday, a day after the official start of political campaign ahead of the December 30 election.
The party has blamed the ruling Awami League for the incident.
SelinaRahman alleged the campaigns of other BNP leaders had also been attacked by "Awami League and Jubo League activists, with the help of police.”
"They (AL) want to stop us from campaigning because they want to turn it into a one-sided election," she claimed, adding that the ruling party was “harassing and intimidating”BNP activists.
Selina complained that BNP leaders and activists were being arrested even after the announcement of election schedule. CEC Huda said police had informed him that they were arresting only those who had warrants against them.
Dhaka, Dec 12 (UNB) - Chief Election Commissioner KM Nurul Huda on Wednesday said the Election Commission is deeply shocked and embarrassed over the election violence that took place in several districts on Tuesday.
“We had delightedly said yesterday (Tuesday morning) that no untoward incident would occur in the election. But what happed yesterday have embarrassed us, we’re shocked as well,” he said.
The CEC made the remarks while briefing judicial magistrates, to be put on election duty, for four days during the ballot, at Nirbachan Bhaban in the city.
Noting that the attack on BNP General Secretary Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir at Thakurgaon is unexpected, KM Huda said, “It can never be expected. We’re embarrassed,” he added.
Over the killing of two people in election violence in Noakhali and Faridpur, the CEC said the life of a person is more valuable than the whole election. “Tuesday’s killing of two people embarrassed us hugely,” he said.
The CEC urged all to find out the ways for coming out from the path of violence.
He also requested all leaders, activists and supporters of political parties to keep patience and follow the electoral code.
The CEC asked all not to obstruct the electioneering of opponents and show respect to each other's democratic rights refraining refrain from any type of provocation.
Huda also directed the judicial magistrates to be cautious so that the situation does not turn violent in the election.
"An election environment must be created. Assure people that the election is a matter of exercising the voting and democratic rights, not violence," he said asking the judicial magistrates to check the trend of violence and the breaching of the electoral code.
Huda hoped that the election will be a competitive one.
Election Commissioners Mahbub Talukder, Rafiqul Islam, Shahadat Hossain Chowdhury and Kabita Khanam and EC Secretary Helaluddin Ahmed also spoke on the occasion.
Tungipara (Gopalganj), Dec 12 (UNB) – Terming the forthcoming general election crucial, Awami League President and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Wednesday sought another chance to take the country forward keeping its head high in the world arena and continue its ongoing development pace.
“The country is moving forward with the Liberation War spirit. We want another chance so that the progress of Bangladesh doesn’t falter and that our people stand in the international arena keeping their head high,” she said while addressing a public rally at Sheikh Lutfar Rahman Government Degree College ground at Kotalipara.
“Hope, you’ll give us another chance to serve the country through ensuring our victory by casting votes for Boat,” the Prime Minister further said, promising that the people of the country will never be deprived of if they give their mandate in favour of Awami League in the election.
With this, Sheikh Hasina formally launched her party’s election campaign.
“You’ll have to cast vote for Boat to give a fitting reply to those who joined hands with the anti-liberation forces, war criminals, convicts, arson terrorists, and made them election candidates,” she said.
Mentioning that Bangladesh will celebrate the golden jubilee of independence in 2021, Hasina said, “We don’t want to see war criminals, anti-liberation forces, murderers and arson terrorists in power that time. They’ll destroy the country and the Liberation War spirit.”
“We’ll build hunger-free, poverty-free Sonar Bangla as dreamt by Father of the Nation imbued with the Liberation War spirit. I’m urging you to cast vote for the candidates who were nominated by Awami League,” she said.
Sheikh Hasina also said the government will celebrate Bangabandhu’s birth centenary in 2020 and it has already declared 2020-2021 as the ‘Mujib Barsha’.
She said the people of the country got independence and rights to their mother tongue by casting votes for ‘Boat’ in the past.
The Prime Minister urged them to stay alert against conspirators so that they cannot play ducks and drakes with their fate.
Highlighting various success stories of the Awami League government in different sectors like education, health, food production and power in the last 10 years, she said it is implementing projects one after another. “As a result, huge employment opportunities have been created in the country which in turn helped reduce the poverty rate.”
The Prime Minister said the government has attached highest importance to education to create an educated nation, while over 93 percent people have already come under the electricity coverage.
She reiterated that the aim of her government is to take electricity to every house of the country.
Hasina said she there is nothing for her personal gain. “What I’m doing is to materialise the dream of the Father of the Nation through establishing a Bangladesh free from poverty and hunger.”
She said a long-term perspective plan has been formulated to establish Bangladesh as a developed and prosperous country by 2041.
Kotalipara upazila Awami League president Subash Joy Dhar presided over the programme.
Sheikh Hasian’s younger sister Sheikh Hasina, Awami League leaders Sheikh Abdullah, Sheikh Fazlul Karim Selim, Kazi Akram Uddin Ahmed, Jahangir Kabir Nanak, Abdur Rahman, BM Mozammel, Bahauddin Nasim, Advocate Afzal Hossain, Sujit Nandi, SM Kamal Hossain and film stars Reaz and Ferdous were present.
Hasina arrived here at 2:10pm starting her journey by road around 8:22 am from her official residence Ganobhaban in the capital.
She first paid homage to Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman at his mausoleum by placing a wreath as the Prime Minister.
She placed another wreath at the mausoleum as the Awami League president.
On her way back to Dhaka on Thursday, Sheikh Hasina will address rallies at Bhanga circle in Faridpur, Faridpur circle, Rajbari road circle, Manikganj bus stand, Rabeya Medical College and Hospital premises in Dhamrai and Savar bus stand.
Dhaka, Dec 11 (UNB) – BNP senior leader Nazrul Islam Khan on Tuesday warned that they will put up a strong resistance together with people against attacks on their candidates and activists across the country.
Speaking at a press conference after a joint meeting of BNP and the Jatiya Oikyafront leaders at BNP’s Nayapaltan central office, he alleged that Awami League activists attacked their party secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam’s motorcade in Thakurgaon with police protection.
“We strongly condemn such attack and repression by ruling party men with the help of police. Their attitude doesn’t scare us. People put up a resistance after the attack on our secretary general’s motorcade, and they we’ll do the same across the country,” Nazrul warned.
He said several thousand people took to the streets in Thakurgaon’s Danarhat area in protest against the attack on Fakhrul’s motorcade.
Nazrul alleged that the ruling party activists foiled their candidate Moudud Ahmed’s rally in Noakhali’s Kabirhat and injured their 30 activists.
He said the ruling party followers also attacked the houses of at least 25 BNP activists there, but police arrested district unit BNP leader Ekram Uddin.
Nazrul also condemned the attack on the motorcade of their party’s Bogura-5 candidate GM Siraj by a ‘group; of ruling party men.
He called upon journalists to properly run news on the attacks on their party leaders and activists.
Nazrul urged the Election Commission to look into the incidents and take steps to stop the continued arrest their leaders and activists.
Dhaka, Dec 11 (UNB) - Chief Election Commissioner KM Nurul Huda on Tuesday asked the judicial magistrates, who will be deployed during the upcoming parliamentary polls, to carry out their duties neutrally.
“With you [magistrates] on the ground, we’re optimistic that the election atmosphere will be nice…the heat of the election is spreading. So, we must not let anything disrupt the atmosphere,” he said.
The CEC was addressing a meeting with the magistrates at Nirbachan Bhaban in the city.
Nurul Huda further said, “Our main duty will be on December 30. We’ve to ensure fair balloting and that everyone follows the electoral code of conduct. We have to create an environment that will allow people to go back home safely after casting their votes.”
The CEC reminded the magistrates that political parties are not allowed to take out processions on the day after the election and asked them to remain alert against forces that may upset the democratic setting.
“Everyone must follow the rules strictly,” he added.