Dhaka, May 9 (UNB) – Jatiya Party President HM Ershad on Thursday promoted his party’s eight leaders, mostly mid-level ones, by appointing them as party presidium members.
In an instruction, the Jatiya Party chief said he took the decision as part of recognising the contributions of the eight leaders to the party’s organisational activities.
He said the decision took immediate effect.
The eight leaders are Syed Didar Bakht (Satkhira), Kazi Mamunur Rashid (Brahmanbaria), Zafar Iqbal Siddiqui (Nilphamari), Nazma Akhtar, MP, (Feni), Abdus Sattar Mia (Gazipur), Alamgir Shikder Loton (Narayanganj), Emran Hossain Miah (Chandpur) and Maj (retd) Rana Mohammad Sohel, MP (Nilphamari).
In another instruction, Ershad appointed Mahmudur Rahman Mahmud as his international affairs adviser.
Dhaka, May 9 (UNNB) – Abdul Kader Siddiqui, president of Krishak Sramik Janata League (KSJL), on Thursday threatened to quit the Dr Kamal Hossain-led Jatiya Oikyafront by a month if inconsistencies are not removed from the alliance.
“There’re many inconsistencies in Jatiya Oikyafront…I’ll pull out our party from the Jatiya Oikyafront on June 8 if the inconsistencies are not removed by this time,” he said.
Kader Siddique issued the ultimatum at a press conference at KSJL’s Motijheel central office.
On May 6, Andaleeve Rahman Partha, chairman of Bangladesh Jatiya Party (BJP), one of the key partners of BNP’s another alliance 20-party, quit the coalition for various reason, including swearing-in by seven MPs-elect of Jatiya Oikyafront.
On October 13, 2018, Oikyafront was formed by BNP, Gonoforum, Jatiya Samajtantrik Dal (JSD-Rob) and Nagorik Oikya under the leadership of Dr Kamal Hossain.
On November 5, KSJL formally joined the Oikyafront and took part in the December-30 election in alliance using BNP’s election symbol, ‘Sheaf of Paddy’.
However, Oikyafront only got eight seats -- BNP six and Gonoforum 2 -- in the election.
Kader Siddiqui said many problems have been created in the alliance after the national election.
“People raise questions over Jatiya Oikyafront’s some activities after the election. The alliance couldn’t function properly while it's failed to stand by the families of the people killed and injured during the election violence. We also failed to hold a mass gathering on April-30 at Shahbagh,” he said.
The KSJL president said there has been confusion in public mind about Jatiya Oikyafront as its MPs-elect were sworn in though the alliance turned down the dangerous ‘drama’ staged on December 30 in the name of national election.
“When one of the BNP’s six-so-called MPs-elect took oath was expelled by the party, its four other MPs-elect were sworn in later. But, Mirza Fakhrul refrained from doing the same. These activities make people confused and we’re unable to give people any answer to their questions,” he said.
The KSJL chief also criticised Gonoforum for allowing Mokabbir Khan to be present at its special council since Dr Kamal forced him out of his room after he had been sworn in violating the party decision.
He also said those who took oath as the MPs of the 11th parliament will be considered as more notorious than Mir Jafar.
Replying to a question, Kader Siddiqui said he talked to senior leaders of Oikyafront, including Dr Kamal Hossain, Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir, ASM Abdur Rob and Mahmudur Rahman Manna and Mostafa Mohsin Montu over the problems in the alliance.
Dhaka, May 9 (UNB) - BNP on Thursday chalked out a 10-day programme to observe the 38th death anniversary of its founder Ziaur Rahman.
The observance of Zia's death anniversary will begin on May 22 and end on May 31.
The programmes were finalised at a joint meeting of the party and its associate bodies held at its Nayapaltan central office with BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir in the chair.
After the meeting, Fakhrul announced the programmes that include arranging discussion meetings, photo exhibitions and free medical camps, wearing black badges, publishing posters and supplements in newspapers and distributing iftar items and clothes among the destitute.
Ziaur Rahman who founded the Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) in 1978 was assassinated by a group of army officers at Chittagong Circuit House on May 30, 1981.
“Now, there’s no democracy in the country while people’s all the basic rights have been snatched. A plot is on to impose a one-party rule on people by deceiving them. This government has taken the move to turn Bangladesh into a failed country,” said Fakhrul.
He called upon their party leaders and activists to get imbued with the ideals of their party founder Ziaur Rahman on the eve of his death anniversary to restore democracy and free Khaleda Zia from jail through a united movement.
Fakhrul said black flags will be hoisted and party flags kept at half-mast atop the offices of the party, including its Nayapaltan headquarters, at 6:00am on May 30.
Besides, party activists, led by their leaders, will place wreaths at Zia's grave at Sher-e-Bangla Nagar at 10am.
Jatiyatabadi Ulema Dal will hold a milad and doa mahfil on the premises of Zia’s grave.
Doctors' Association of Bangladesh (DAB) will arrange a free medical camp at BNP's Nayapaltan office while Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal will arrange a photo exhibition at the Jatiya Press Club the same day.
The party leaders will also distribute iftar items and clothes among the destitute at different parts of the city on the day arranged by Dhaka North and South units of BNP.
BNP's different associate bodies will arrange various programmes, including discussion, from May 22 to May 31 in observance of the death anniversary.
The party's all district, city and thana units will also observe the day with various programmes.
Dhaka, May 8 (UNB) – BNP on Wednesday approved 151-member full-fledged committees of its Kushtia and Sirajganj district units.
Syed Mehdi Ahmed Rumi and Prof Sohrab Uddin were made president and general secretary respectively of the party’s Kushtia district unit committee, said a press release.
Former MP Romana Mahmud was made president while Saidur Rahman Bachchu general secretary of the Sirajganj district BNP committee.
After a massive debacle in the 11th parliamentary elections, BNP started reorganising its district units and associate bodies to stage a comeback in politics.
The party has already announced the full-fledged and convening committees of its different district units.
Besides, the party formed the new committees of its different associate bodies, including Doctors’ Association of Bangladesh, Agriculturalists’ Association of Bangladesh, Jatiyatabadi Matsyajibi Dal, Mohila Dal and Tanti Dal.
Dhaka, May 8 (UNB) – BNP on Wednesday sought time until June 8 from the Election Commission (EC) to submit its statement on December-30 election expenditures.
A three-member BNP delegation, led by its assistant office secretary Taiful Islam Tipu, submitted a letter, signed by party secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir, to the EC seeking the time extension.
Talking to UNB, Tipu said they went to the EC around 2pm and handed over the letter to an official at the dispatch section.
He said their party could not prepare the statement on election expenses for various reasons. “We urged the Commission to give us one month’s time (until June 8) to submit the statement.”
Two other BNP delegation members are party assistant office secretaries Monir Hossain and Belal Ahmed.
The deadline for submission of the statement expired over a month ago.
According to article 44CCC (1) of The Representation of the People Order, 1972, every political party nominating any candidate for election shall submit an expenditure statement to the Commission within ninety days of the completion of election in all constituencies.