Dhaka, Nov 8 (UNB) – BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir on Thursday alleged that the government has taken back their Chairperson Khaleda Zia to jail without the ‘discharge certificate’ from Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University (BSMMU) medical board.
“As per the information we’ve received, the medical board didn’t give her any discharge certificate, and they said she’s very sick and she shouldn’t be taken to jail in any way under her current condition,” he said.
Talking to reporters at the gate of Old Central Jail at Nazimuddin Road, Fakhrul also said the BNP chief was taken back to the jail ignoring the medical board’s suggestions.
“The government has shifted her back to the jail and kept her in it out of its political vengeance,” he added.
Khaleda Zia was taken to a makeshift court at the old Central Jail from Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University (BSMMU) on Thursday and produced her before it for hearing of Niko graft case.
A black SUV carrying Khaleda reached the old central jail in the capital's Nazimuddin Road around 11:40 am and she will be kept there, according to jail sources.
Khaleda Zia was in the erstwhile Dhaka Central Jail at Nazimuddin Road since she was sentenced to five years' imprisonment in the Zia Orphanage Trust corruption case on February 8.
On October 6, she was admitted to the BSMMU after prison authorities shifted her there from old Dhaka Central jail for better treatment in response to a court order.
Later, a medical board was formed headed by Prof Abdul Jalil Chowdhury and she had been receiving treatment as per the board’s suggestion.
Dhaka, Nov 7 (UNB) – BNP and its associate bodies observed the ‘National Revolution and Solidarity Day’ on Wednesday commemorating the ‘civil-military uprising’ in 1975.
Amid political turmoil, soldiers and civilians jointly freed then chief of army staff Ziaur Rahman from captivity in Dhaka cantonment on November 7, 1975, paving the way for Zia to come to power.
Other political parties and different socio-cultural organisations also observed the day from different historical perspectives.
As part of the programmes, senior BNP leaders, led by party secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir, together with its activists placed a wreath at Zia’s grave at Sher-e-Bangla Nagar in the city around 10am.
They also offered fateha there and a munajat seeking salvation of Zia’s departed soul.
The party hoisted party flag at its central office and all other offices of the party and its associate bodies early in the morning.
BNP's all the units and associate bodies also observed the day across the country with various programmes, including discussion, photo exhibition and essay competition.
The party is also scheduled to hold a discussion at the Institution of Engineers, Bangladesh on Thursday afternoon marking the day.
While BNP and its alliances celebrate November 7 as the National Revolution and Solidarity Day, the ruling Awami League and its front organisations consider it as the day of 'killing of freedom fighters'. Jatiya Samajtantrik Dal (JSD-Rob) observes it as the day of civil-military revolution.
Dhaka, Nov 7 (UNB) - A dialogue between the 14-party alliance and 24 political parties began at Ganobhaban over the forthcoming national election at 7:30pm on Wednesday.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina is leading a 23-member delegation of the 14-party alliance at the dialogue with the 24 parties.
The parties are the National Democratic Alliance, Bangladesh National Alliance (BNA), Bangladesh Social Development Party (BSDP), Bangladesh Gonotantrik Oikya Front, NAP Bhashani, National People’s Party (NPP), Bangladesh National Democratic Front (NDF), Jukta Front, Gano Front, Prgogotishil Jote, Bangladesh Gonotantrik Mukti Andolan (BGMA), Jatiyo Ganotantrik Jote (NDA), Bangladesh Satyabrata Andolan, Oikya NAP, Okyaboddho Nagorik Andolan, Gonotantrik Bam Oikya, Bangladesh Krishak Shramik Party (KSP), Progotishil Gonotantrik Dal (PDP), Bangladesh Muktojoddha Oikya Jote, Bangladesh Gonotantrik Oikya Jotr, Trinamool Jatiyatabadi Gonotantrik Andolan, Jatiya Swadhinata Party (JSP), Bangladesh Jatiya Party and Bangladesh Jatiya Hindu Mohajote.
Dhaka, Nov 7 (UNB) – Awami League on Wednesday extended its full support to the Election Commission’s decision to unveil the schedule for the next parliamentary elections on Thursday as per its earlier announcement.
“The Election Commission has the absolute authority over the announcement of the election schedule. It’s the EC which will decide when and how the polls schedule will be announced. Awami League has extended its full support to the EC over its decision to announce the election schedule as per its earlier announcement,” said Co-chairman of AL Election Conducting Committee HT Imam.
He was talking to reporters after a meeting of a 16-member delegation of the ruling party with Chief Election Commissioner KM Nurul Huda that started at 4pm at the Nirbachon Bhaban.
HT Imam, also Prime Minister’s political affairs adviser who led the AL delegation at the meeting, said all the political parties except Jatiya Oikyafront during their talks with the EC supported the Commission’s decision to announce the polls schedule on Thursday.
He said they urged the EC not to appoint officials from private banks and organisations as well as NGOs as polls conducting officers and the EC agreed in this regard.
HT Imam said they also suggested that the Commission be more careful over allowing election observers. “We told the Commission that observers must comply with the guidelines and no foreign national can act as an observer arriving here on tourist visa,” he said.
The AL delegation members proposed that the EC should not appoint election observers from any unregistered organisation, he said.
The PM’s adviser said the ruling party urged the Commission to keep a special system to facilitate women and disabled voters to exercise their franchise voting rights in the national election.
In reply to a question, he said they did not discuss the issue of army deployment, but Awami League supports the deployment of armed forces as striking force in aid of the civil administration as did in the past.
HT Imam claimed that the leaders of Jatiya Oikyafront hurled indecent words in the recent meeting with the Election Commission. “The nation will give a befitting reply to this through vote.”
In reply to another question, he said the government has never controlled the Election Commission. “Rather, it has been assisting the constitutional body.”
Dhaka, Nov 7 (UNB) - Jatiya Oikyafront has cancelled its planned Thursday’s road march towards Rajshahi programme as the alliance has decided only to hold a rally there on Friday.
“We’ve canceled tomorrow’s (Thursday’s) road-march programme for an avoidable reason,” Nagorik Oikya convener Mahmudur Rahman Manna told UNB.
BNP’s Rajshahi divisional organising secretary Ruhul Kuddus Talukder Dulu said BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir informed him that Oikyafront will only hold a rally on Friday in Rajshahi as their road-march programme has been cancelled.
Earlier in the day, BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir at a press conference at Dr Kamal Hossain’s Bailey Road residence said they will hold a road march towards Rajshahi on Thursday.
An Oikyafront leader said they may observe a march on foot programme towards the Election Commission on Sunday if it announces the election schedule on Thursday.
About the reasons behind cancellation of the road-march programme, he said they could not take proper preparation for the programme due to harassment by law enforcers and time constraints.
Besides, the Oikyafront leader said their some senior leaders declined to go by road to Rajshahi due to their illness.
Meanwhile, BNP senior joint secretary general Ruhul Kabir Rizvi said their party will hold a discussion at the Institution of Engineers, Bangladesh on Thursday afternoon marking what he said the National Revolution and Solidarity Day.