Dhaka, Dec 11 (UNB) – Jatiya Oikyafront, led by Dr Kamal Hossain, is going to kick off its election campaign from Sylhet on Wednesday.
BNP standing committee member Nazrul Islam Khan came up with the announcement at a press conference after a joint meeting of BNP and Oikyafront leaders at BNP’s Nayapaltan central office.
“We’ll start our election campaign by offering fateha at the shrines of Hazrat Shahjalal (R) and Shah Paran (R) on Wednesday,” he said.
Nazrul said Dr Kamal Hossain, JSD president Abdur Rob, Krishak Sramik Janata League president Kader Siddiqui and some other leaders of their alliance are expected to go to Sylhet to launch the electioneering.
After offering fateha at the two shrines, he said the alliance leaders conduct election campaign in Sylhet city, though the candidates of the alliance informally launched campaign on Monday after the distribution of the election symbol by the Election Commission.
BNP standing committee member Mirza Abbas, Gano Forum executive president Subrata Chowdhury and general secretary Mustafa Mohsin Montu JSD joint general secretary Shaheed Uddin Chowdhury, among others, joined the meeting held with Nazrul Islam Khan in the chair.
Dhaka, Dec 11 (UNB) - BNP leader Maj (retd) Hafizuddin Ahmed on Tuesday lodged a complaint with the Election Commission alleging that voters were being intimidated and harassed in his constituency Bhola-3.
"Voters are being intimidated while repression of BNP leaders and activists has been on the rise," he told reporters at the Nirbachan Bhaban in the city after placing the complaint.
The written complaint was handed over to Election Commissioner Shahadat Hossain Chowdhury.
Hafizuddin claimed that he cannot go to his electoral area due to fear for life as ‘terrorists’ equipped with lethal weapons were ‘attacking’ innocent BNP leaders and activists.
Many senior leaders, including Jubo Dal district unit president Jamal Uddin and its general secretary Selim, are now receiving treatment at hospital after being injured in attacks, he alleged.
The BNP leader claimed that the law-and-order situation has turned worse ahead of the national election as the EC is playing a silent role instead of conducting drives to recover illegal firearms.
Meanwhile, BNP candidate for Noakhali-1 Mahbub Uddin Khokon lodged several complaints with the EC, alleging that police were making wholesale arrest of BNP leaders and activists in his constituency and elsewhere across the country.
After submitting the complaints, he told reporters that the EC has no control over the police and field administrations.
Noakhali, Dec 11 (UNB) – Ruling party activists allegedly attacked BNP leaders and activists at Kabirhat over holding a rally of BNP candidate for Noakhali-5 seat Moudud Ahmed, leaving 30 people injured.
Witness said a group of Awami League activists swooped on BNP workers while they were preparing for holding a rally there around 11am. Moudud was scheduled to address the rally.
Talking to UNB, Moudud said they took permission from the local administration to hold a rally at Kabirhat Zero Point, but the ruling party men attacked his supporters without any provocation and foiled the rally.
Besides, he said, the activists of his opponent and Awami League general secretary Obaidul Quader also attacked his supporters at different places on their way to attend the rally.
The BNP leader claimed that at least his 50 supporters were injured in the attacks.
However, Kabirhat Upazila unit Awami League president Nurul Amin said BNP supporters attacked a business institution of local Jubo League leader Ismail Hossain and manhandled him.
As local Awami League leaders and activists came forward to rescue him, the unruly BNP supporters also attacked them, leaving their 10 leaders and workers injured.
District unit BNP general secretary Abdur Rahman said Awami League candidate for Noakhali-4 Ekramul Karim Chowdhury at a rally at Kabirhat on Monday asked their party men to resist Moudud wherever they will get him.
A day after such provocative remark, he said the ruling party men attacked Moudud’s scheduled rally and foiled it, injuring their 20 leaders and activists.
He said their many other leaders and activists were also attacked at different places by Quader’s supporters.
Noakhali, Dec 11 (UNB) – A Jubo League leader was killed in a pre-election fight between the supporters of Awami League and BNP over electioneering at Eojbalia in Sadar upazila on Tuesday.
The victim was identified as Mohammad Hanif, general secretary of ward-8 unit of Jubo League in Eojbalia union.
Witnesses said supporters of Awami League’s Noakhali-4 election candidate Ekramul Karim Chowdhury and BNP’s M Shahjahan brought out separate processions in Eojbalia union in the afternoon as part of election campaign.
The clash broke out when the BNP followers attacked the procession of the Awami League men.
Talking to UNB, officer-in-charge (OC) of Sudharam Police Station Anwar Hossain said the BNP men also hurled pepper powder at the Awami League men.
Amid a chase and counter-chase during the melee, Hanif suffered bullet wounds.
He was taken to General Hospital where doctors declared him dead.
Syed Mohiuddin Abdul Azim, resident medical officer of Noakhali General Hospital, said Hanif might have died due to excessive bleeding as he suffered bullet injuries in his legs.
Meanwhile, Ekram Chowdhury visited the hospital and consoled the family members of Hanif.
Local Awami League claimed that a group of 5-6 youths swooped on Isamil and smashed his with bricks and then shot him.
It blamed local BNP-Jamaat men for the attack.
In another incident, another Jubo League leader, M Zahir Uddin, 30, suffered bullet injuries in an attack by miscreants at Karimpur in Sadar upazila around 12:30pm.
Ruling party candidate Ekramul claimed that criminals first chopped Zahir with sharp weapons and then shot him in the head.
He was first taken to Noakhali General Hospital and then sent to Dhaka for better treatment.
Dhaka, Dec 11 (UNB) – The candidates of BNP and its alliance partners for the 11th parliamentary elections launched their election campaign in the capital on Tuesday.
BNP candidate for Dhaka-8 seat Mirza Abbas along with his wife Afroza Abbas, another party candidate for Dhaka-9 constituency started campaign from Shahjahanpur are by distributing leaflets among pedestrians and shopkeepers.
Other candidates of the party and its alliance partners also started visiting their election areas and seeking votes for the ‘Sheaf of Paddy’.
BNP candidate for Dhaka 11- Shamim Ara Begum began her election campaign from Badda High School area in the morning.
Before kicking off the campaign, Abbas at a press conference at his Shahjahanpur residence alleged that their family members have been suffering from a sense of insecurity as the law enforcers constantly following them.
“I’m contesting the election from Dhaka-8 while my wife from Dhaka-9. Though the Chief Election Commissioner assured that no one will be arrested after the announcement of the election schedule, our leaders and activists are being arrested and implicated in different cases regularly,” Abbas said.
He said the plainclothes police always stay there in front of all gates of his house. “I along with my family and leaders and activists are now constantly in fear.”
Abbas further said, “I’m suffering from insecurity and my family members are also facing insecurity. No one, including my relatives and friends, can visit my house. This is an inhuman attitude.”
He said his around 3,500 active workers are staying in jail. “So, how will I carry out election campaign? Afroza Abbas is also facing the same problem.”
Abbas alleged that police arrested his 25 supporters on their way back home after joining a milad mahfil at his house on Monday.
The BNP leader urged the Election Commission to create a proper atmosphere for holding a credible national election.
Abbas hoped that Afroza and he will come out successful if people can cast their votes smoothly.
Talking to reporters, Afroza Abbas said no level-playing field has been ensured for holding an acceptable election.
She urged the journalists to play a neutral role and give the opposition candidates due coverage in their newspapers.