Thakurgaon, Nov 28 (UNB) – BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir on Wednesday said their party is taking part in the general election to have their chairperson Khaleda Zia freed from jail and people’s voting rights restored.
“We’re also in the election race to restore democracy and people’s all rights,” he said while talking to reporters after submitting his nomination paper here.
Fakhrul together with party leaders and activists went to the district returning officer’s office around 3:30pm and submitted his nomination paper to contest the election from Thakurgaon-1 constituency.
The BNP leader said he is also going to contest the polls from Bagura-6 parliamentary seat following the directives of the party high command.
“We hope democracy will win and the autocracy will fall through the election as per people’s hopes and aspirations,” he added.
Earlier, current MP and Awami League-nominated candidate from the same seat Ramesh Chandra Sen submitted his nomination paper to the returning officer around 11:30am.
Dhaka, Nov 28 (UNB) – As uncertainty looms large over the participation of their chairperson in the election, BNP’s three other leaders, including Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir, submitted nomination papers in Bagura-6, Bagura-7 and Feni-1 seats alongside Khaleda Zia.
Party insiders said they fielded alternatives candidates in the three seats of Khaleda as her nomination is likely to be declared void following Tuesday’s High Court observation that those who have been sentenced to over two years’ jail by a lower court in any graft case with appeal pending will not be allowed to contest elections.
Bagura district BNP president Saiful Islam submitted Khaleda’s nomination paper for Bagura-6 seat to returning officer Foyez Ahmed around 12 noon.
He also filed a nomination paper in favour BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir in the same seat.
Earlier in the day, Fakhrul submitted his nomination paper to the returning officer in Tahkurgaon for contesting the polls from Thakurgaon-1 seat.
Former BNP MP Helaluzzaman Talukder Lalu submitted Khaleda’s nomination paper for Bagura-7 constituency to the Shahjahanpur Upazia Nirbahi Officer at noon.
Gabtoli upazila BNP general secretary Morshed Alam Milton also submitted nomination form in the same seat as an alternative party candidate, said BNP chairperson’s media wing member Sayrul Kabir Khan.
He said Khaleda’s nomination was also submitted in the Feni-1 seat while Dhaka south city unit Jubo Dal President Rafiqul Islam Majnu filed nomination in the same seat as an alternative candidate.
Dhaka, Nov 28 (UNB) – Neither Jatiya Oikyafront chief Dr Kamal Hossain nor his daughter Barrister Sara Hossain is going to participate in the 11th parliamentary elections.
“Sir (Kamal) is not going to join the election as his physical condition is not well. Barrister Sara is also not going to take part in the polls on personal grounds,” Gano Forum executive president Subrata Chowdhury told UNB on Wednesday.
He, however, said Dr Kamal Hossain will be involved in electioneering in favour of the Jatiya Oikyafront. “Sir said he would work for the alliance and keep necessary contributions to ensuring its victory in the election.”
Subrata Chowdhury said he submitted nomination paper to the returning officer to contest the polls from Dhaka-6 constituency while their general secretary Mostafa Mohsin Montu from Dhaka-2, Dhaka-3 and Dhaka-9 parliamentary seats.
He said many of their party leaders also initially submitted nomination papers in many seats across the country as they still could not settle the issue of seat sharing with BNP. “We’ll soon settle the issue.”
Dhaka, Nov 28 (UNB) - Jatiya Party secretary general ABM Ruhul Amin Hawlader on Wednesday said their chairman HM Ershad is now fine and he does not need to go to Singapore for treatment.
“Our Chairman HM Ershad is now fine and healthy. He has been at Combined Military Hospital (CMH) for regular health check-up,” he said.
He came up with the remarks at a press briefing at Jatiya Party Chairman’s Banani office, a day after Ershad was admitted to the hospital.
Hawlader said Ershad may return home within a day or two.
Replying to a question, he said their Chairman has long been receiving treatment in Singapore but now he is not going there.
Ershad was admitted to the hospital on Tuesday morning as he fell sick.
His press secretary Sunil Shuvo Roy said Ershad has been suffering from serious pain in his knees and some other complications.
Roy said their chairman needs to go to Singapore for his regular health check-up, but he cannot go due to the forthcoming general election.
Dhaka, Nov 28 (UNB) – BNP on Wednesday alleged that the Election Commission’s preparation for holding the next general election is questionable as it could not yet appoint election officials to 85 upazilas.
Speaking at a press conference at BNP's Nayapaltan central office, party senior joint secretary general Ruhul Kabir Rizvi also alleged that people’s apprehension over a credible election is gradually deepening due to the activities of the Commission and the ruling party leaders.
“The Election Commission’s overall preparation for the election is questionable. We’re observing that all signs for holding a unilateral election are getting clear with the passage of time,” he said.
The BNP leader further said, “The Election Commission still didn’t appoint election officials at 85 upazilas. A move is on to appoint pro-government officials from different ministries to those upazilas to conduct the election as part of a government plot.”
Rizvi said the ruling party leaders are regularly holding meetings with government officials to turn the election results into their favour.
He said Awami League's game plan is very clear that only the ruling party and its cohorts will be there in the politics of Bangladesh.
The BNP leader also said the ruling party leaders’ statements have indicated that they are planning to rig votes indulging in ‘terrorism’.
He claimed that deputy secretary Niyamat Ullah Bhuiyan, who was sent on forced retirement, was taken to the Rab-2 office from his residence on Tuesday night for an hour, but he did not return home until Wednesday morning. ”It’s an appalling message.”
The BNP leader demanded that the government ensure safe return of Bhuiyan to his home.
Rizvi alleged that police raided the Shantinagar residence of late BNP leader Tariqul Islam’s son and party candidate Aninda Islam Amith on Tuesday night. “We strongly condemn it.”
He said police continued harassing their party leaders and activists at different parts of the country by raiding their houses.
The BNP leader also criticised Attorney General Mahbubey Alam for his remark that BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia cannot participate in the election. “His remark is ill-motivated. The country’s people have got stunned with his comment.”
He claimed that their chairperson is eligible for contesting the election, saying there is no legal bar in this regard as some ruling party leaders and ex-president HM Ershad earlier joined the election when their appeal was pending with the court.