Dhaka, Nov 25 (UNB) - Jatiya Oikyafront, led by Dr Kamal Hossain, will finalise its candidates for all the 300 constituencies by Wednesday based on a consensus of its alliance partners.
BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir came up with the remark while talking to reporters at the alliance chief’s chamber in the city’s Motijheel area on Sunday.
“We interviewed all the nomination seekers for four days and all the other parties of Jatiya Oikyafront and 20-party also took the interview of their candidates. Now, we’re in discussions to finalise the list,” he said.
The BNP leader further said, “We hope we’ll be able to reach a consensus over the nominations before the last date of nomination paper submission (Nov 28).”
He, however, said if they cannot finalise all the candidates by November 28, they will complete it before the last date of withdrawal of candidature.
Fakhrul, also the spokesman of Jatiya Oikyafront, said the victory of their alliance is certain if they can stay in the election till the last day.
He came down hard on the Election Commission (EC) saying it still could not manifest its neutrality through its activities. “Not only we, but also the civil society members and those who are working for a fair election are saying the Election Commission still could not take any step to prove its impartiality.”
The BNP leader said they submitted a list of factious cases to the Commission and another list of partisan officials, but no action was taken to this end.
“He (CEC) made a dangerous comment yesterday (Saturday) that police are now under their authority and they’re doing everything as per their directives. That means all the fictitious cases are being filed at their behest,” he observed.
Fakhrul said their party leaders and activists are being harassed in many ways as the EC could not create a level-playing field yet.
He said their chairperson Khaleda Zia has not been released while their party’s many prospective candidates are still in jail.
The BNP leader said the EC could not earn their confidence that the election will be held in a free and fair manner. “We’re working for a credible election and will continue our struggle till the last.”
Earlier, senior leaders of Oikyafront held a meeting at Kamal Hossain’s chamber and talked about finalising nomination of the alliance’s candidates.
Apart from Fakhrul, Krishak Sramik Janata League president Kader Siddiqui, Gano Forum general secretary Mostafa Mohsain Montu, executive president Subrata Chowdhury and Jatiya Oikya Prokriya’s Sultan Mohammad Mansur were present at the meeting with Dr Kamal Hossain in the chair.
Dhaka, Nov 25 (UNB) – Awami League on Sunday issued letters to the party aspirants who have been selected to contest the upcoming 11th parliamentary elections slated for December 30.
Party senior leaders started the distribution process at its office in the city’s Bangabandhu Avenue at 10:30 am.
The nomination seekers said they got phone calls on Saturday for receiving the nomination letters from the party office.
The nominees include Sheikh Hasina (Gopalganj-3, Rangpur-6), Obaidul Quader (Noakhali-5), Abdur Razzak (Tangail-1), Saifuzzaman Sekhor (Magura-1), Dipu Moni (Chandpur-3), Aslamul Haque Aslam (Dhaka-14), Advocate Qamrul Islam (Dhaka-2), Sadek Khan (Dhaka-13), Barrister Mohibul Hasan Chowdhury Nowfel (Chattogram-9), Abdus Sobhan Golap (Madaripur-3), SM Rezaul Karim (Pirojpur-1), Enamul Haque Shamim (Shariatpur-2), Iqbal Hossain Sabuj (Gazipur-3) and Mashrafe Bin Mortaza (Narail-2).
Dhaka, Nov 25 (UNB) - Gano Forum President Dr Kamal Hossain is going to brief journalists on Sunday about the country’s overall political situation and election atmosphere.
The press meet will be held at the Jatiya Press Club at 1pm, Gano Forum media wing member Latiful Bari Hamim told UNB.
Gano Forum Training Affairs Secretary Rafiqul Islam Pathik said Dr Kamal will talk about various issue relating to the next general election and the country’s latest political situation.
A party leader wishing anonymity said their top leader may talk about the ‘inaction’ of the Election Commission in ensuring a level-playing field, stopping arrest and harassment of opposition activists and the ‘bias’ role of the police and civil admiration officials, including EC secretary Helal Uddin.
Besides, he said, Dr Kamal is also likely to place some demands for reshuffling the police and civil administrations and removing partisan officials from election duties for ensuring credible polls.
At the press conference, the Gano Forum leader said, some politicians may join their party.
Dhaka, Nov 24 (UNB) – Jatiya Party secretary general ABM Ruhul Amin Howlader on Saturday hoped that they will get a satisfactory number of seats from the Awami League-led grand alliance to contest the parliamentary elections.
“The discussion on seat sharing will continue, and we hope Jatiya Party will get a satisfactory number of seats of the Grand Alliance,” he said.
Howlader came up with the comment while speaking at a views-exchange meeting at Jatiya Party’s Banani office.
He said he had a meeting with Awami League general secretary Obaidul Quader today in a very cordial atmosphere over sharing seats in the upcoming general election.
Howlader went to Awami League’s Bangabandhu Avenue office in the morning had a marathon meeting with Quader there.
He said the list of the Grand Alliance candidates will be revealed within a very short time.
Earlier talking to reporters after meeting with Quader at AL office, the Jatiya Party secretary general said their party wants to remain with Awami League giving less important to the number of seats they may get.
He said they discussed the issue related to seats they want from the grand alliance.
Asked how many seats they have been offered, Howlader said, “We’ve got many seats, and will get more.”
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.