Dhaka, Nov 24 (UNB) - BNP on Saturday submitted a list of 21 leaders to the Election Commission, including a nomination seeker, who have been arrested by law enforcement agencies since November 22 'defying the EC's directives'.
BNP leader Salauddin Khan submitted the list attached with a letter signed by BNP Secretary General Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir to the office of Chief Election Commissioner KM Nurul Huda at Nirbachan Bhaban.
"So far, 21 BNP leaders, including a nomination seeker, have been arrested since November 22," Fakhrul claimed in the letter.
The BNP leader requested the Election Commission to issue emergency directives to the law enforcement agencies to refrain from arresting BNP leaders and activists in 'false' cases alongside taking measures for the release of those arrested.
Fakhrul alleged that the Election Commission played a silent role.
Besides, BNP submitted a list of two cases filed with Bhairab police station against its leaders and activists on November 19 and 23. The total numbers of named and unnamed accused in the two cases are 150 and 450 ones respectively.
In the letter, Fakhrul said they earlier submitted the lists of cases with arrestees on November 15, 17 and 20.
Over recovering the dead body of its nomination seeker Abu Bakar from Buriganga, he said the EC earlier announced that they were giving directives to the law enforcement agencies to take legal steps in this regard.
"The role of the Election Commission is also questionable in this regard. The EC can't avoid the responsibility in this matter," the BNP Secretary General said.
According to the BNP's list, BNP nomination seeker from Cumilla-4 constituency MA Awal Khan was arrested and kept him in the jail so that he cannot submit the nomination paper.
The other 20 arrestees are Ramna thana Chhatra Dal leader Jewel Rana (missing traceless after being arrested), Rupnagar Thana BNP leader Abul Kashem, Rupnagar thana Jub Dal leaders Fakhrul Islam Shipu, Jahangir Biswas, Shahjahan Shikder and Mintu Mia, Rupnagar Swecchasebok leader Alauddin, Mohammadpur thana BNP leaders Abdur Rahman and Masum, Sutrapur thana BNP leader Abdus Sattar, Kawser Ahmmed, Mujibur Rahman, Sutrapur Sramik Dal leader Delwar Hossain, ward-level leader in Khilkhet thana Abdul Haque Bhuiyan, Bhairab (Kishoreganj) BNP leaders Alamgir member and Abdul Khaleque, and Bhairab Jubo Dal leader Rubel Mia.
The other arrestees are Dr Jamal, Zakaria Faruk and Kawser Mia-- all grassroots leaders of Bhairab.
Later, EC Secretary Helal Uddin told reporters that the list submitted by BNP will be placed in the Commission's meeting to be held on Sunday and the EC will take the decision.
Dhaka, Nov 24 (UNB) – Awami League general secretary Obaidul Quader on Saturday alleged that BNP is trying to fish in troubled waters by jeopardising the country’s administrative system with its false campaign.
“BNP is out to create an unusual situation in the country by breaking the administrative system with its attack on admiration and conducting fabricated story against it to catch fish in troubled water,” he said.
The AL leader came up with the allegation while speaking at a press conference at Awami League president’s Dhanmondi political office.
Quader, also the Road Transport and Bridges Minister, alleged that BNP is trying to have an excuse to stay away from the election by bringing various allegations.
“They (BNP) know it very well they’ve no chance to win the upcoming election with people’s votes,” he said.
Quader also feared whether ‘desperate’ BNP may stage any bad incident in the country like a reckless driver.
“I would like to challenge Mirza Fakhrul Islam to come up with an example of their any good job with which they can go to people. But Awami League has those in plenty to go to people,” the AL leader said.
Replying to a question, he said they have already finalised the list of Awami League’s candidates. “We’re going to make public the list of the candidates of the Grand Alliance tomorrow or day after tomorrow.”
About the use of EVMs in the election, he said they want the voting machines to be used on a limited scale in the polls.
He, however, said there is no similarity between the reality and the propaganda BNP and its alliance partners are carrying out over the EVM.
Dhaka, Nov 24 (UNB) – Ahead of the 11th parliamentary elections, former Kurigram Awami League leader Maj Gen (retd) AMSA Amin joined Dr Kamal Hossain-led Gano Forum on Saturday.
He joined Gano Forum, a key component of one of BNP’s alliances Jatiya Oikyafront, at a programme at Dr Kamal Hossain’s Motijheel chamber around 1pm.
Dr Kamal Hossain welcomed Amin, Gano Forum media wing member Latiful Bari Hamim told UNB.
Senior Gano Forum leaders, including its executive president Subrta Chowdhury and general secretary Mostafa Mohsin Montu, and Jatiya Oikya Prokriya leader Sultan Mohammad Mansur were, among others, present.
Amin contested the 2001 election with Awami League ticket from Kurigram-2 constituency but could not come out successful.
On Nov 19, ten retired defence officers formally joined Gano Forum.
Earlier, Reza Kibria, son of slain former Awami League Finance Minister Shah AMS Kibria, joined the party and submitted its nomination paper to Dr Kamal on Sunday to contest the December 30 parliamentary polls under Jatiya Oikyafront from Habiganj-1 constituency.
Chattogram, Nov 24 (UNB) – Daughters of three late leaders of ruling Awami League and BNP have sought respective party’s tickets to compete in the upcoming Parliamentary election.
Khadiza Khatun Sony, daughter of former MP and Awami League leader late Rafiqul Anwar, submitted her application for Fatikchhari-2 constituency.
Wasika Ayesha Khan, daughter of former MP and Awami League leader later Ataur Rahman Kaiser submitted nomination paper for Chattogram-13 constituency.
Shakila Farzana, daughter of former whip Syed Wahidul Alam, also former adviser of BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia, submitted nomination paper for Chattogram-13 constituency.
The trio also expressed their hope to win in the national election by following the ideology and principal of their father, if they can manage nominations from the parties.
Dhaka, Nov 24 (UNB) – The ruling Awami League will announce its election manifesto after allocation of symbols, said its presidium member Abdur Razzak on Saturday.
Awami League president and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina will place the manifesto before the nation, he said after a meeting of the Manifesto Formulation Sub-committee at PM’s political office in Dhanmondi.
Election manifesto is a matter of campaign while the election campaign has been restricted since the announcement of election schedule, he said.
“So the leader (Sheikh Hasina) would place the manifesto before the nation after allocation of the symbols,” he said.
He also hoped that the manifesto will be appreciated by the people of the country.