Dhaka, Dec 9 (UNB) – BNP on Sunday alleged that its Chairperson Khaleda Zia’s nomination was revoked by the Election Commission (EC) at the behest of the government.
“Ignoring the right judgement of a Commissioner, the other commissioners, led by Chief Election Commissioner, scrapped her (Khaleda’s) nomination through a dissenting and questionable order,” said BNP senior joint secretary general Ruhul Kabir Rizvi.
Speaking at a press conference at the party’s Nayapaltan central office, he also said the EC unnecessarily bought time in disposing of the appeal of their chairperson against returning officer’s rejection of her nominations for Feni-1, Bogura-6 and 7 seats.
Before the EC’s final order, Rizvi said Awami League general secretary Obaidul Quader at a press conference in Noakhali said Khaleda Zia could not join the election legally while an Awami League delegation-led by Jahangir Kabir Nanak went to the Commission to warn it about the matter. “Few hours later, the Commission cancelled her nomination.”
He alleged that the Awami League delegation went to the EC to ask it to reject Khaleda Zia’s appeal.
On Saturday, the Election Commission upheld returning officers' decisions cancelling the candidature of jailed BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia for forthcoming national election.
Chief Election Commissioner KM Nurul Huda and three election commissioners --Rafiqul Islam, Kabita Khanam and Shahadat Hossain Chowdhury -- rejected Khaleda's appeals, while election commissioner MahbubTalukder accepted her candidature.
Rizvi said though there was no legal bar for Khaleda to joining the election, the EC made her ineligible for the election as part of a deep-rooted plot.
He said the Commission announced valid the nominations of many convicted candidates like Pankaj Debnatth, Haji Selim, Mohiuddin Khan Alamgir and Nazmul Huda. “Then why not of Begum Zia? The CEC cancelled Khaleda Zia’s nomination being dictated by the Sheikh Hasina (PM).”
About demonstration by the supporters of their party’s aspirants who were not given party tickets, Rizvi hoped that they will end their protest soon and work as a team to ensure the victory of the party for having Khaleda Zia freed from jail.
Dhaka, Dec 9 (UNB) - Jatiya Party, led by HM Ershad, will contest the upcoming national election in 29 constituencies as a partner of the grand alliance while independently in 143.
A Jatiya Party delegation, led by its presidium member SM Foysal Chisti, submitted the list of its candidates to the Election Commission on Sunday afternoon.
All the 172 JP candidates will contest the election with their party's election symbol 'Plough' in the election.
The 29 JP candidates who will run under the Awami League-led Grand Alliance are HM Ershad in Rangpur-3, Raushon Ershad in Mymensingh-4, GM Quader in Lalmonirhat-3, Moshiur Rahman Ranga in Rangpur-1, Rana Mohammad Sohel in Nilphamari-3, Ahsan Adilur Rahman in Nilphamari-4, AKM Mostafizur Rahman in Kurigram-1, Panir Uddin Ahmed in Kurigram-2, Shamim Haider Patwary in Gaibandha-1, Shariful Islam Jinnah for Bogura-2, Nurul Islam Talukder in Bogura-3, Nurul Islam Omar in Bogura-6, Altaf Ali in Bogura-7, Golam Kibria Tipu in Barishal-3, Nasrin Jahan Ratna in Barishal-6, Rustum Ali Faraji in Patuakhali-3, Shafiullah Al Monir in Tangail-5, Fakhrul Imam in Mymensingh-8, Mujibul Haque Chunnu in Kishoreganj-3, Syed Abu Hossain Babla in Dhaka-4, Kazi Firoze Rashid in Dhaka-6, Liakat Hossain Khoka in Narayanganj-3, Selim Osman in Narayanganj-5, Pir Fazlur Rahman in Sunamganj-4, Yahya Chowdhury in Sylhet-2, Ziaul Haque Mridha in Brahmanbaria-2, Masud Uddin Chowdhury in Feni-3, M Noman in Lakshmipur-2 and Anisul Islam Mahmud in Chattogram-5.
The 143 constituencies where JP candidates will contest independently include Panchagarh-1 and 2, Thakurgaon-3, Rangpur-2, 4 and 5, Kurigram-3 and 4, Gaibandha-3, 4 and 5, Dinajpur-1, 2, 4, 5 and 6, Nilphamari-1, Lalmonirhat-1, Joypurhat-1 and 2, Bogura-4 and 5, Noagaon-1, 2, 3 and 4, Rajshahi-2, 5 and 6, Natore-1, 2 and 3, Sirajganj-3, Pabna-1 and 5, Meherpur-1 and 2, Kushtia-1 and 4, Chuadanga-1, Jashore-2, 3, 4, 5 and 6, Khulna-1, 4, 5 and 6, Satkhira-1, Magura-1, Narail-1and 2, Bagerhat-3 and 4, Barguna-2, Patuakhali-3 and 4, Bhola-1 and 3, Barishal-2 and 5, Jhalokathi-1 and 2, Pirojpur-1, Tangail-4 and 7, Mymensingh-5, 6, 7 and 9, Jamalpur-1, 2, 3 and 4, Sherpur-1 and 3, Netrakona-3, Kishoreganj-6, Manikganj-3, Munshiganj-1 and 3, Dhaka-2, 7, 8, 10, 14, 15, 17, 19 and 20, Gazipur-3 and 5, Narsingdi-1 and 2, Narayanganj-1, Rajbari-1 and 2, Shariatpur-3, Sunamganj-5, Sylhet-1, 3, 4 and 5, Maulvibazar-2, Habiganj-1, 2 and 3, Brahmanbaria-4 and 5, Cumilla-1, 2, 3, 4, 9 and 11, Chandpur-1, 2 and 4, Noakhali-1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6, Lakshmipur-1 and 4, Chattogram-2, 4, 8, 12 and 14, Khagrachhari and Rangamati.
Dhaka, Dec 9 (UNB) – Followers of BNP aspirants, who were deprived of nominations, have kept up their protest in front of the party chairperson’s Gulshan office for the second day.
Several hundred supporters of Munshiganj-1 aspirant Sheikh Abdullah and Cumilla-4 hopeful Manjurul Ahsan Munshi started demonstrating around 10am on Sunday. No senior BNP leader is in the office.
BNP picked its Vice-Chairman Shah Moazzem Hossain for contesting from Munshiganj-1 constituency while Jatiya Samajtantrik Dal General Secretary Abdul Malek Ratan was chosen to fight for Cumilla-4 on behalf of the Jatiya Oikya front.
Shafiqul Islam,a supporter of Abdullah, said they would not accept Moazzem. “He is an elderly person and has no connection with local leaders and activists. We want the party to change its decision,” he said.
Kamal Uddin, a supporter of Munshi, said their leader was a four-time MP from Cumilla-4. “We cannot win with a candidate like Ratan, who hardly visits the area. We have come here to tell the party that we will not accept this illegal nomination,” he said.
Around 11am, an office staff announced that there was no point in gathering in front of the place since the office is closed.
On Saturday, supporters of BNP International Affairs Secretary ANM EhsanulHaqueMilon (Chandpur-1), TaimurAlamKhandaker (Narayanganj-1) and SelimuzzamnSelim (Gopalganj-1) gathered in front of the office and demonstrated until midnight.
They shouted slogans against BNP Secretary GeneralMirzaFakhrul Islam Alamgir for, what they said, depriving their leaders of nominations.They demanded the party nominatesEhsanul, Taimur and Selim.
At one stage, the demonstrators tried to break the office gates and hurled stones and brick chips at the office, damaging the windows.
The protesters also vandalisedFakhrul’s vehicle in front of the office.
They also tried to obstruct him when he was coming out of the office at midnight, but the senior leaders appeased them.
Milon’sagitated supporters had earlier kept BNP’s headquarters locked for nearly an hour after the party picked someone else over him for Chandpur-1 constituency. They gavethe party 12hours to change its decision.
On Friday night, BNP late secretary general Khandaker Dewar Hossain’s son Abdul Hamid Dablu along with his supporters demonstrated in front of party chief Khaleda Zia’s Gulshan office as SA Jinnah Kabir was given party nomination from Manikganj-1.
The supporters of NarayanganjBNP leader Giasuddin also demonstrated there as their leader did not get the party ticket.
Dhaka, Dec 9 (UNB) - Jatiya Party’s former secretary general ABM Ruhul Amin Hawladar filed a writ petition with the High Court seeking acceptance of his nomination paper.
Advocate AF Hasan Arif filed the petition on behalf of the Jatiya Party leader in the morning.
The hearing on the petition is likely to be held at the bench of Justice Tariq ul Hakim and Justice Md Shohrowardi in the afternoon.
The Election Commission on Friday rejected the petition of ABM Ruhul Amin Hawladar on the 2nd day of hearing petitions filed against rejection and acceptance of nomination papers by returning officers.
Dhaka, Dec 8 (UNB) – BNP on Saturday agreed to share 19 seats with its partners from the Jatiya Oikyafront to contest the 11th parliamentary election, but Gano Forum is still in bargaining with it for more seats.
BNP senior leaders said they also shared over 30 seats with the 20-party alliance components.
All the BNP’s partners of Jatiya Oikyafront and the 20-party alliance will contest the election with its election symbol ‘Sheaf of Paddy’, expect LDP chief Oli Ahmed.
The LDP president will be in the race with his party symbol ‘Umbrella’.
A Gano Forum leader said they got seven seats from BNP, but they want BNP to share three more seats with their party.
He also said Nagorik Oikya and Jatiya Samajtantrik Dal (Rab) got five seats each while Krishak Sramik Janata League (KSJL) three from BNP.
Gano Forum’s candidates in seven seats are Subrata Chowdhury (Dhaka-6), Mostofa Mohsin Montu (Dhaka-7), Sultan Mohammed Mansur Ahmed (Moulvibazar-2), Reza Kibria (Habiganj-1), Khalequzzaman (Mymensingh-8), AMSA Amin (Kurigram-2) and Prof Abu Sayeed (Pabna-1).
JSD’s candidates under the Oikyafront are Abdur Rab (Laxmipur-4), Abdul Malek Ratan (Cumilla-4), Shahiduddin Mahmud Swapan (Dhaka-18), Saiful Islam (Kishoreganj-3) and Nurul Islam (Shariatpur-1).
Nagorik Oikya’s candidates who will get the ‘Sheaf of Paddy’ symbol are Mahmudur Rahman Manna (Bogura-2), SM Akram (Narayanganj-5), Shah Md Rahmatullah (Rangpur-1), Mofakkharul Islam (Rangpur-5) and Nurur Rahman Jahangir (Barishal-4).
The three KSJL candidates who got nomination from the Oikyafront are Kader Siddiqui’s daughter Kuri Siddiqui (Tangail-8), Rafiqul Islam (Tangail-4) and Iqbal Siddiqui (Gazipur-3).
Of the 20-party, BNP shared 20 seats with Jamaat, five with LDP while two each with Khelafat Majlish and Jatiya Party (Zafar), three with Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam and one each with BJP, Kalyan Party, NPP and PPB.
BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir held marathon meetings with the alliance leaders at the BNP chairperson’s Gulshan office on Saturday.
Talking to reporters while leaving the BNP chief’s office after a meeting with Fakhrul, Gano Forum leader Mostafa Mohsin Montu said they have no misunderstanding with BNP over the seat-sharing. “We’ve told them to give seats to those who are popular and competent.”
Asked how many seats BNP agreed to share with their party, Montu said they sought 10-12 seats from BNP and gave the party charge to finalise its decision on it.
He said they will collect the letters from BNP over the nomination from the alliance on Sunday morning.
Meanwhile, BNP postponed issuing letters to its final candidates scheduled to begin on 8pm following demonstrations by supporters of some deprived nomination hopefuls.
Several hundred supporters of BNP international affairs secretary ANM Ehsanul Haque Milon (Chandpur-1), Taimur Alam Khandaker (Narayanganj-1) and Selimuzzamn Selim (Gopalganj-1) gathered in front of Khaleda’s office around 5:30pm and started demonstrating there.
The demonstration was going on till filing of this report around 10:30pm.