Dhaka, Dec 14 (UNB) – BNP on Friday alleged that the ruling platy men attacked Jatiya Oikyafront chief Dr Kamal Hossain’s motorcade in the city at the behest of the head of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina.
“The attack was made at the dictate of the head of the ruling government. Every person has the constitutional and legal rights to lead a safe life but they (government) are least bothered about it,” said BNP’s senior joint secretary general Ruhul Kabir Rizvi.
He came up the remarks at a press briefing at the party’s Noya Paltan office on Friday.
The BNP leader said Dr Kamal Hossain is not only a noted jurist but also a revered person who formulated the constitution. ”But it’s a matter of regret that a person like him has been subjected to the attack of the ruling party cadre.”
Rizvi alleged that Awami League activists carried out attack on Dr Kamal Hossain and others even on the ‘Martyred Intellectual Day’ as they don’t hold the spirit of the liberation war.
He alleged that the ruling party activists are also attacking BNP candidates and their supporters everyday across the country.
Earlier in the morning, Dr Kamal Hossain’s motorcade came under attack allegedly by ruling party activists near the Martyred Intellectuals Memorial at Mirpur while returning after paying tributes to the martyred intellectuals, leaving at least 10 people injured.
However, Dr Kamal managed to escape the attack unhurt.
Later, at a press conference, Dr Kamal Hossain described the attack as a serious act of disrespect to martyred intellectuals.
Dhaka, Dec 14 (UNB) - Jatiya Party, one of the partners of the Awami League-led Grand Alliance, on Friday presented its election manifesto with a 18-point pledge, including formation of provincial government, to ensure good governance and consolidating democracy.
Party Presidium Member Ruhul Amin Hawlader unveiled the manifesto at the party Chairman HM Ershad’s Banani office.
“Jatiya Party’s first commitment for governing the country in the days to come is to restore democratic atmosphere, flourish democracy and establish good governance in the country,” he said.
Hawlader, also the special assistant to Jatiya Party Chairman HM Ershad, said their party will introduce a provincial system bringing change to the existing central government structure if it returns to power through the upcoming election.
He said their party has also a plan to turn the country’s eight divisions into eight provinces.
The Jatiya Party leader said they will increase the number of parliamentary seats to 380 from current 350 keeping 30 seats reserved for the minority communities.
Party’s other pledges include, introducing a full-fledged upazila system, bringing a change to the country’s election process, reforming the education system, extending healthcare facilities, taking steps to contain terrorism and ensuring the independence of the judiciary.
Hawlader presented the party’s manifesto as Ershad has been staying in Singapore since December 10 for receiving treatment.
Before going abroad, Ershad appointed Ruhul Amin Hawlader as his special assistant to discharge all the organisational responsibilities of the party chairman in his absence.
Hawlader said he presented the party’s election manifesto following the directive of Ershad.
Noakhali, Dec 14 (UNB) – The BNP candidate for Noakhali-6 constituency on Friday accused Awami League activists of attacking his supporters the previous night.
Fazlul Azim requested protection from the Election Commission for himself and his supporters at a media briefing at Noakhali press club. He urged the administration to recover illegal firearms and arrest criminals before the December 30 election.
“Armed supporters of Awami League candidate Ayesha Ferdous attacked us on Thursday night after a road rally. They vandalised 11 vehicles and snatched cameras of journalists,” Azim claimed.
But Ayesha rejected the allegation and accused the BNP aspirant of holding rallies with armed miscreants and delivering provocative speeches. “My supporters did not attack anyone. Azim’s followers attacked my office and assaulted my activists,” she said.
Noakhali police chief Md Ilias Sharif said supporters of the two parties fought running battles after the BNP aspirant made provocative remarks. “But I am unaware if anyone had been injured,” he said.
Bogura, Dec 14 (UNB) – BNP Secretary General Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir on Friday said Awami League has long been carrying out attacks on the leaders and activists of BNP and Oikyafront across the country sensing its debacle in a fair election.
“They (AL) have realised they’ll face a miserable defeat if the election is held in a credible manner. That’s why they’ve attacked Dr Kamal Hossain, me and our leaders and activists all over the country,” he said.
The BNP leader, however, said they will not quit the election race under any circumstance.
Fakhrul came up with the remarks while addressing a BNP workers’ meeting at Shaheed Titu auditorium in the district town.
He strongly condemned and protested the attack on Jatiya Oikyafront chief Dr Kamal Hossain, Jatiya Samajtantrik Dal (JSD) president ASM Abdur Rab and other alliance leaders at the main gate of Martyred Intellectuals Memorial at Mirpur in capital Dhaka.
Earlier in the day, some people, said to be supporters of local Awami League candidate Aslamul Haque, attacked the vehicles carrying Dr Kamal, ASM Abdur Rob and Jaglul Haider Afrik with sticks, leaving at least 10 people injured.
Fakhrul, also a BNP candidate for Bogura-6 seat, urged the party leaders and activists to work hard for ensuring the victory of ‘Sheaf of Paddy’ by convincing voters to go to polling stations and cast their votes.
“You’ll not only cast your votes, but also guard every polling station all day long on December 30 so that no one can rig votes. Don’t return home without taking the results. Our victory will be ensured if we can protect people’s votes,” he directed BNP leaders and workers.
At the beginning of his address, Fakhrul said she is not a candidate for Bogura-6 seat, but a representative of BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia and its acting chairman Tarique Rahman. “So, work unitedly putting aside all the misunderstanding among you to ensure the party’s victory.”
Fakhrul is scheduled to conduct electioneering in the town and address different election rallies here in the afternoon.
Dhaka, Dec 14 (UNB) - Jatiya Oikyafront chief Dr Kamal Hossain’s motorcade came under attack near Martyred Intellectuals Memorial at Mirpur while returning after paying tributes there on Friday morning, leaving at least 10 people injured.
However, Dr Kamal managed to escape the attack unhurt.
Latiful Bari Hamim, media wing member of Jatiya Oikyafront, said Dr Kamal along with Jatiya Samajtantrik Dal (JSD) president ASM Abdur Rob, Gonoshasthya Kendra founder Dr Zafrullah Chowdhury, BNP chairperson’s adviser Abdus Salam, Gano Forum leaders Jaglul Haider Afrik and Reza Kibria paid homage to the martyred intellectuals at Mirpur Martyred Intellectuals Memorial around 9:30pm.
Some supporters of local Awami League candidate for Dhaka-14 seat Aslamul Haque equipped with rods and sticks attacked Kamal Hossain’s car when he was getting in it at the main gate of the Memorial on his way back home, Hamim said.
He said the ruling party men also attacked the vehicles carrying ASM Abdur Rob, Jaglul Haider Afrik, Oikyafront’s Dhaka-14 candidate Abu Bakar Siddique Saju.
The attackers beat BNP and Oikyafront leaders and activists those who tried to resist them, leaving 10-12 people, including Saju and Rob’s driver, injured.
The driver was taken to a local hospital.
Dr Kamal Hossain will hold a press a conference on the attack at Oikyafront’s Purana Paltan office at 3 pm today.
Eelier, talking to reporters, Dr Kamal said they are working to establish a good society free from exploitation and make the independence meaningful.
He said the country must be freed from the grasp of those who are working against the spirit of the Liberation War and indulging in plundering.
Kamal, however, lost his temper as a journalist asked him about his position about Jamaat, and said, “How much money have you got for asking such questions? Remember the martyred as you some here (on the martyred Intellectuals Day).”