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.
Dhaka, Nov 26 (UNB) - BNP on Monday alleged that Chief Election Commissioner KM Nurul Huda has lost the moral ground to stay in office after Awami League nominated his nephew as its candidate for Patuakhali-3 seat.
Speaking at a press conference at BNP’s Nayapaltan central office, party senior joint secretary general Ruhul Kabir Rizvi demanded the CEC to quit demonstrating his high morale.
“CEC Nurul Huda’s nephew SM Shahjada Saju received Awami League’s nomination letter yesterday (Sunday). It’s another aspirant AKM Jahangir Hossain said the ruling party has nominated him to use the CEC in the election in favour of it,” said Rizvi.
Rizvi further said, “We think the government has given the CEC a gift by nominating his nephew and that’s why he’s lost all the moral right to hold office.”
The BNP leader said it is now in no way possible for the CEC to conduct the election in a free and fair manner as his nephew is in the race with an AL ticket.
“The CEC through his activities has already demonstrated that he’s an undeclared Awami League leader and he managed the ticket for his nephew,” he added.
He also demanded the EC secretary Helaluddin Ahmed be withdrawn from the commission as his statements are similar to the ruling party leaders.
Rizvi accused the EC secretary of playing the main role in holding a state-managed election.
Dhaka, Nov 26 (UNB) – Chief Election Commissioner KM Nurul Huda on Monday urged the executive magistrates to remain alert so that no violence, murder or bloodshed can take place centering the forthcoming election.
The CEC came up with the call at the auditorium of Nirbachan Bhaban in Agargaon while briefing the executive magistrates who will perform duty during the election.
“It is your duty to keep election environment safe,” he said.
“The polling day is a very important day. You have to perform duty carefully on the day. Sometimes you may have to face embarrassing or provocative situation, you might be misguided. You have to face the entire situation with intelligence, skills and readiness,” he said.
“You have to understand which incident is true and which false. You have to keep contact with presiding officers and other colleagues to get updates about the polling stations,” said the CEC.
He also asked the magistrates to keep contact with law enforcement agencies.
The CEC briefed 691 magistrates in three batches in three days.
He briefed magistrates of Rangpur, Rajshahi and Khulna Divisions today.