Chattogram, Sept 23 (UNB) -Awami League general secretary Obaidul Quader on Sunday said the people of the country do not want any movement before the national election.
“Ten years have passed by…in which year the movement will be waged? Will it happen in one month? People are now in the ‘house of election’, no one wants any movement,” he said.
He said this while addressing a rally in SR Square area of Kanraphuli upazila as part of electioneering.
Terming BNP-Jamaat’s movement a ‘rumour movement’, Quader, Quader said, “Rumour terrorism is still active. We’ll have to resist the terrorism. People would no longer respond to movement.”
BNP had failed in the quota reform movement, and then it intruded into the safe road movement but failed again, he further said.
He asked his party men to behave well with general people and remain united for a positive outcome in the next general election.
AL presidium member Abdul Matin Khasru, joint general secretary Mahbubul Alam Hanif, publicity and publication secretary Dr Hasan Mahmud and organising secretary Mohibul Hasan Chowdhury Nowfel were, among others, present.
Addressing another rally in Cox’s Bazar, Quader, also Road Transport and Bridges Minister, warned the party men against conflict, saying action will be taken against those who will act against boat symbol.
Mentioning that the popularity of the party leaders have been tested, he said party chief Sheikh Hasina will nominate those who are enjoying more popularity.
Dhaka, Sept 23 (UNB) – BNP on Sunday accused Awami League general secretary Obaidul Quader of illegally conducting their party’s election campaign using government’s vehicles.
“Their train tour turned unsuccessful in the face of public wrath. Now he (Quader) has been on a road march to conduct his party’s campaign and propaganda. How does he use government vehicles for carrying out their party’s campaign? It’s unlawful,” said BNP senior joint secretary general Ruhul Kabir Rizvi.
Speaking at a press conference at the party’s Nayapaltan central office, he further said, “The ministers of this government don’t abide by laws and rules…they consider government property and vehicles as their personal assets since they have no accountability.”
On Saturday morning, AL leaders, led by Quader, launched a road march towards Cox’s Bazar from their party president’s Dhanmondi office in the capital.
Rizvi alleged that the ruling party leaders are hardly bothered about people and accountability as they have established their control over courts and the Anti-Corruption Commission. “This unruly acts and misdeeds can’t continue for a long time.”
He warned that the political parties that represent people are getting united to end the misrule and unfair acts. “We all are getting ready to ensure the fall of this government.”
About Quader’s comment that the unity of BNP and Dr Kamal Hossain and B Chowdhury is a communal one, the BNP leader said the ruling party leaders are making such reckless comments out of their tension.
He recalled that Awami League had signed a deal with some Islamic parties over not enacting any anti-Islamic law and carried out a movement with Jamaat-e-Islami and shared the stage with its leaders in 1996. “Why do you forget these things and where was communalism at that time?”
Reacting to Quader’s comment that a national unity is not possible without Awami League, Rizvi said the ruling party itself abandoned people and the nation. “What is the necessity for forming the unity with those who have been left out by people?”
The BNP leader said Awami League must take steps for ensuring a fair election under a non-party administration, dissolve parliament and release Khaleda Zia from jail if it wants to join the national unity process.
London, Sept 23 (UNB) - After a two-day stopover, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina left here for New York on Sunday morning to join the 73rd Session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA).
A British Airways flight carrying the Prime Minister and her entourage left the Heathrow Airport at 11:05am (local time).
Bangladesh High Commissioner to the UK Nazmul Qaunine saw her off at the airport.
The flight is scheduled to reach Newark Liberty International Airport, New Jersey at 1:40pm (local time).
Bangladesh Ambassador to the USA Mohammad Ziauddin and Bangladesh permanent representative to the UN Masud Bin Momen will receive her at the airport.
Later, a ceremonial motorcade will escort the Prime Minister to Hotel Grand Hyatt New York, where she will be stay during her visit to the USA.
She will address the UNGA at the UN Headquarters, as usual in Bangla, on September 27 placing fresh specific proposals for sustainable solution to the Rohingya crisis, said Foreign Minister AH Mahmood Ali at a briefing here on Thursday.
The Prime Minister is scheduled to return home on October 1 after a stopover in London.
Dhaka, Sept 23 (UNB) – A writ petition was filed with the High Court (HC) on Sunday seeking its directive to the Home Secretary for the formation of an independent committee for probing 4,000 ‘fictitious cases’ filed against BNP leaders and activists across the country in September.
Three senior lawyers of BNP -- former vice-chairman of Bangladesh Bar Council Khandaker Mahbub Hossain, former minister Advocate Nitai Roy Chowdhury and BNP's law affairs secretary advocate Sanaullah Mia -- filed the writ petition.
The Home Secretary, Inspector General of Police, Dhaka Metropolitan Police Commissioner, Deputy Commissioner of Detective Police (North Zone), Additional Deputy Commissioner of Ramna Zone Police Commissioner, Ramna and Shahbagh Police Stations Officers-in-Charge were made defendants in the write petition.
The petitioners also demanded a directive to include representatives from the United Nations Human Rights Commission, Human Rights Watch, Amnesty International and Asian Human Rights Commission.
Besides, they sought issuance of a rule for taking action against those who were involved in filing the ‘fictitious cases’.
Khandaker Mahbub Hossain said the cases were filed to create panic among BNP leaders and activists ahead of the national election.
The hearing on the writ is likely to be held at the HC bench of Justice Hasan Arif and Justice Ahmed Sohel, he said.
Male, Sep 22 (AP/UNB) — Opposition supporters in the Maldives demanded Saturday that officials ensure a free and fair presidential election, as the country prepared to vote in what is seen as a referendum on whether democracy will stay.
Since Sunday's election was announced, opposition leaders have feared the vote may be rigged to favor President Yameen Abdul Gayoom's party. The European Union said Friday it is not sending election observers because the country had failed to meet the basic conditions for monitoring.
But the archipelago nation's election chief, Ahmed Shareef, said Saturday that all measures had been taken to hold the election in a free and fair manner and without violence.
"So far, we have facilitated whatever the opposition candidate requested, within the regulations and laws permitting us," Shareef told reporters. "I don't think he could give any concrete reason to call it unfair."
Still, opposition activists voiced their concerns.
"There is no democracy in the Maldives — democracy has vanished under President Yameen," said Adam Ahmed, a 58-year-old opposition activist. He said a second term for the incumbent could mean an end to an "already withering" democracy, as many voters wanted to see a change of government.
Beyond the postcard image the Maldives has of luxury resorts and white sand beaches, the 400,000 citizens of the former British protectorate have struggled to maintain the democratic system established in 2008.
The Maldives' third multiparty presidential election is being held five years after Yameen began consolidating power, rolling back press and individual freedoms, asserting control over independent governmental institutions and jailing or forcing major political rivals into exile.
Yameen has jailed two former presidents, including his half brother, Maumoon Abdul Gayoom, the Maldives' former strongman, his former vice president, two Supreme Court justices, two former defense ministers and many others after trials criticized for a lack of due process.
As protests culminating in violent confrontations with police and mass arrests have grown, opposition parties — many of them Yameen's own former political partners — formed an alliance in exile with the aim of unseating him.
Supporters of the opposition presidential candidate, Ibrahim Mohamed Solih, and the president gathered Saturday at their respective party campaign offices in Male, the capital, for final campaign rallies, as pink and green campaign banners hung across the city's streets.
"I don't agree with the policies of this government and also some corrupt activities," said 19-year-old Scifulla Waheed, who is looking to vote for the first time on Sunday. "It is high time that we should rise to change the government."
Waheed, who believes Yameen has weekend democracy in the Maldives, said a free and fair election "will change this regime."
Yameen's supporters were also vocal.
"Under President Yameen, everything has improved," said Latheef, who gave only one name. "If the opposition comes into power, the economy will be in doldrums and we will have to face hardships."