Dhaka, Nov 27 (UNB) – Jatiya Oikyafront chief Dr Kamal Hossain on Tuesday said they are initially giving nominations to their candidates based on parties, not the alliance, due to time constraint.
“Nomination has not been given now based on the alliance as the parties are separately doing it... we’ll adjust those later,” he told reporters after a meeting with BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir at his Bailey Road residence.
Dr Kamal also said they can reach an understanding over nominating candidates based on the alliance before the deadline for withdrawal of candidature.
Asked whether the Oikyafront accepted the Election Commission’s decision on using Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs) in the six seats, Dr Kamal said they will continue to register their protest against it.
BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir said he had positive discussions with the Oikyafront leaders and they all will be there in the election race in alliance.
Gano Forum general secretary Mustafa Mohsin Montu said Oikyafront is not facing any difficulty over sharing seats and hinted that they will be able to settle the seat-sharing issue by December 3.
Earlier, Fakhrul went to Dr Kamal’s residence and sat in a meeting around 10am.
Dhaka, Nov 26 (UNB) – Awami League General Secretary Obaidul Quader said on Monday that the announcement of the official list of Awami League-led Grand Alliance and 14-party alliance nominated candidates will take more time for the strategic and tactical reason.
Quader made the remarks this Monday at a press briefing in the political office of Awami League President Sheikh Hasina in the city’s Dhanmondi.
He also said "The party will take more time to take the final decision after more scrutiny about the candidate. So changes in the nominated candidate will not be unusual. But the number of AL’s alliance partners in the 14-party Mohajote will not exceed 65 to 70 seats to compete in between them.”
Qader said “231 letters were given so far. We do not want to be loser strategically. We have to move forward. We do not want to be backward from anyone strategically.”
He said “We will release the full and final list after sometime. We made a list for party, not for media. We did not give the letters to many candidates who came in the media. It's confusing.”
Quader also earnestly requested the media not to publish any names before the official announcement for avoiding any embarrassment.
He said “The other allies of the alliance also started giving nomination in the same manner. The Jatiya Party, Bikalpadhdara and the 14-party are also issuing letter. We will publish the full and final list after further scrutiny considering all’s nomination.”
“We have issued double nomination in some places. Later, the list will be finalized after the field level survey,” Qader added.
Awami League on Sunday issued letters to the aspirants for 231 candidates who have been selected to contest the upcoming 11th parliamentary elections.
The party’s General Secretary Obaidul Quader started handing over the nomination papers among candidates on Saturday.
The nomination seekers received the nomination letters from the party office on Sunday while a number of new candidates were on the list and few heavy weight candidates did not receive the party ticket.
Awami League on November 9 started selling its nomination papers for the forthcoming 11th parliamentary elections.
The 11th general election will be held across Bangladesh on December 30. The last date for withdrawal of candidature is December 9 and returning officers will scrutinize the nomination papers on December 2.
According to the schedule, candidates must file their nomination papers either online, or manually, by November 28.
Advisor to Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina Salman F Rahman, Awami League Joint General Secretary Mahbub-ul Alam Hanif, Organizing Secretary Mahibul Hasan Chowdhury Naoufel, Office Secretary Abdus Sobhan Golap, Science and Technology Secretary Abdus Sabur, Deputy Office Secretary Biplob Barua, Member Marufa Akhter Poppy.
Dhaka, Nov 26 (UNB) – Underlining the importance of a participatory democracy, Jatiya Oikyafront chief Dr Kamal Hossain on Monday said there should be a qualitative change in how the state will be run.
“Our sacrifices made in the 1971 Liberation War will go in vain if the state is run like the pre-liberation era,” he said while addressing a press conference titled ‘Public Policy Initiative’ at the Jatiya Press Club in the afternoon.
Mentioning that the fear of vote fraud may always be there, Dr Kamal Hossain expressed the hope that 11th parliamentary elections will be held in time.
He also urged people to stand up against any plot to snatch their voting rights. “Not only the good candidates but also the 16 crore citizens will be deprived of a better state if people’s voting right is snatched. So, you should stand up against such plot,” he said.
The Oikyafront leader urged people to remain vigilant to prevent vote rigging in polling stations.
He reiterated that the country belongs to people, not to any particular party. “I believe that people are the owners of the state as per our constitution. But do those who are in power believe the same?”
Dr Kamal, also Gono Forum president, also expressed his belief that the country’s people will not forget to evaluate good people.
He underscored the need for people’s unity in the forthcoming election, saying it largely depends on their unity whether they can win the election and build a model nation.
Earlier, Dr Reza Kibria, son of slain finance minister and Awami League leader Shah AMS Kibria, alleged that the present government has chosen a wrong path to run the country economically.
He shared his views on how the country will run economically if the Jatiya Oikyafront comes to power. “We have no decisive political strength except people’s support. But we do have fresh ideas.”
Reza put forward a set of policies, including good governance, equal opportunities for all, inclusive economic growth and reforms in the banking sector, for running the country.
He also emphasised people’s role in this regard, saying they seek their suggestions to resolve different state issues. “Everyone has the right to determine public policy. We want to hear the voices of common people as our dream is to establish participatory democracy,” he added.
Gono Forum secretary Mostafa Mohsin Montu said they will field honest and eligible candidate in each constituency.
Dhaka, Nov 26 (UNB) – Former Awami League MP Golam Maula Rony formally joined BNP on Monday.
He joined the party at a simple ceremony at BNP chief’s Gulshan office in the evening.
BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir welcomed Rony to their party, saying their democratic movement will be intensified with his joining.
Speaking on the occasion, Rony said he joined BNP consciously deserting his party Awami League.
Later, he received the BNP nomination letter for contesting the general election from Patuakhali-3.
Dhaka, Nov 26 (UNB) – Mentioning that the fear of vote fraud may always be there, Jatiya Oikyafront chief Dr Kamal Hossain on Monday said the 11th parliamentary elections will be held in time.
“The election will be held in time, though the fear of vote rigging may always be there,” he said while addressing a press conference at the Jatiya Press Club in the afternoon.
Dr Kamal reiterated that the country belongs to people, not to any particular party.