Dhaka, Dec 23 (UNB) – BNP on Sunday alleged that the candidatures of the contestants of ‘Sheaf of Paddy’ are being annulled as the government wants to hold a ‘lopsided’ election.
“It seems the government wants to hold a unilateral election. They’re hatching various plots and cancelling the candidatures of ‘Sheaf of Paddy’ candidates creating undue pressure on the court,” said BNP senior joint secretary general Ruhul Kabir Rizvi.
He came up with the allegation at a press conference at BNP’s Nayapaltan central office.
The BNP leader alleged that the government is arresting opposition candidates and their supporters, and attacking them as part of its efforts to ‘hang onto power’. “We believe people with their united strength will defeat the undemocratic forces.”
Rizvi said though upazila chairmen and municipality mayors can contest the election resigning from their posts, the court is now saying they cannot be there in the race even after their resignation. “We still believe that the apex court will review its decision and take proper steps for an acceptable election.”
Reacting to Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s comment that those nominate war criminals can destroy the country, he said it is Awami League which made an anti-liberation element minister first by inducting Jamalpur’s Nurul Islam Rajakar into the cabinet.
“Your party is still swarmed with those anti-liberation war forces. The Prime Minister is again selling the Liberation War to deceive people…Awami League is silent over the anti-liberation elements belonging to it,” the BNP leader said.
He claimed that many Rajakar, Al-Badr and Al-Shams men and those involved in crimes against humanity like mass killing, gang rape and arson attack during the Liberation War are now with Awami League. “These elements or their children and relatives are the big leaders of Awami League, and they’re participating in the election with its ticket.”
Giving the references of different books, Rizvi presented a list of 23 Awami League leaders’ names who themselves or their relatives collaborated with the Pakistani forces and had been involved in crimes against humanity during the Liberation War.
Prominent of them are Advocate Qamrul Islam, his elder brother Hakim Azizul Islam, Faruk Khan, Syeda Sajeda Chowdhury, Khandker Mosharraf Hossain, Kazi Zafrullah, Advocate Moslem Uddin, HN Ashiqur Rahman and Muhiuddin Khan Alamgir, he said. “Many of them got nomination from the party this time as well.”
Besides, the BNP leader said, AL Presidium member Sheikh Fazlul Karim Selim’s brother-in-law Moosa bin Shamsher, junior minister Mirza Azam’s father Mirza Golam Kashem, ex-junior minister Maulana Nurul Islam, Abdul Barek Hawlader, father of Gopalganj’s Kotalipara upazila unit party general secretary Mujibar Rahman Hawlader and same upazila unit Mohila AL president Rafeza Begum, his brother Azizul Haque, Malek Daria, father of Gopalganj Muktijoddha Sangsad’s deputy commander Abul Kalam Daria, Kotalipara unit Sramik League president Amir Hossain’s father Mohan Miah, Gopalganj upazila AL joint general secretary Golam Kibria Daria’s father Munshi Rajjab Ali Daria, Kotalipara municipality mayor and AL leader HM Ahedul Islam’s father Bahadur Hajra and his brother-in-law Rejaul Hawlader, Gopalganj AL leader Delwar Hossain Sardar and his father Hashem Sardar and Jamalpur’s Bakshiganj upazila AL president Abul Kalam Azad’s father Abdul Quayum Munshi were collaborators of the Pakistani forces and involved in crimes against humanity.
Noakhali, Dec 23 (UNB) – Taking a jibe at BNP, Awami League General Secretary Obaidul Quader on Sunday said Khaleda Zia’s party has already lost the game before losing it in the national election as it is now in a complete mess.
“The defeat of the anti-liberation forces in this country of freedom fighters is a must. BNP is a party of terrorism, corruption and killings …the people of this country have rejected them [BNP leaders],” he said.
Obaidul Quader, also Road Transport and Bridges Minister, was addressing a rally at Pilot High School ground.
Coming down heavily on BNP, Quader said if this party returns to power it will again set up ‘Hawa Bhaban’ and make the country champion in corruption again. “Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has taken the country towards the path of light, but they’ll take it back to the darkness if BNP comes to power.”
About his own party, Quader said the problem of Awami League is that ‘it wins before it really wins’. “You [party workers] please don’t win before you really win.”
The minister urged all to vote for the Awami League candidates in the national election to keep up the trend of development in the country.
Quader renewed his party’s election pledge it made in its previous manifesto that at least one unemployed member of each family would get job if Awami League returns to power.
AL candidate of Noakhali-3 constituency M Morshed Alam and district AL vice-president Ataur Rahman Bhuiyan and other local leaders, among others, addressed the rally.
Dhaka, Dec 23 (UNB) – Jatiya Oikyafront leader Mahmudur Rahman Manna on Sunday said the situation now prevailing in the country is not congenial for holding a free and fair election.
"This is not the right environment for a fair election. If this situation continues and the people of the country burst into anger, the ruling party will be responsible,” he said.
Manna, also the Nagarik Oikya convener, came up with the remarks while talking to reporters after a meeting with Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) KM Nurul Huda at Nirbachan Bhaban.
He also informed the CEC about attack on, harassment of his supporters and activists at his election constituency Bagura-2.
Manna said people want to vote independently while they (ruling party) are trying to snatch vote from people. "I strongly condemn it," he added.
Manna claimed that the EC just listen to all the complaints but does not take any step.
In a written complaint submitted to the CEC, he demanded immediate release of arrested Oikyafront leaders and activists and end of filling cases against them.
Thakurgaon, Dec 23 (UNB) – BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir on Sunday alleged that Awami League-government has victimised people of every house with cases instead of giving them jobs as per its commitment.
“So, there’s no alternative to bringing a change in the government through casting your vote for Sheaf of Paddy,” he told an election rally at Akhanagar in Sadar upazila.
The BNP leader said their party wants the government to be changed through a peaceful and credible election. “But, Awami League wants to retain power by intimidating people with repressive acts and filing cases against them by police.”
He warned the government that it cannot stay in power for a long time by repressing and intimidating people, and filing cases against them.
The BNP secretary general called upon the officials of police and civil administration to work neutrally so that people can exercise their franchise in a peaceful ad congenial atmosphere.
Fakhrul, a candidate of Thakurgaon-1 seat, urged the voters to cast their ballots for ‘Sheaf of paddy’ to ensure BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia’s release from jail and real development of the country and its people.
He promised that the farmers will get the fair prices of their produces while the unemployed youths allowances if BNP and its alliance partners are voted to power.
The BNP leader said they, if voted to power, will create a separate ministry for the minority community members to ensure their welfare.
Dhaka, Dec 23 (UNB) – Tangail-4 independent candidate Abdul Latif Siddiqui on Sunday stepped aside from the election race protesting attacks on his election campaigns by his rivals.
A former Awami League minister, Latif Siddiqui went to the Election Commission in the city and informed it about his decision.
Earlier in the morning, he made an announcement in this regard at his residence in the capital, according to his family sources.
Before leaving the EC office, he distributed the copies of his statement among journalists to inform them about his decision.
In his statement, Latif Siddiqui said, “Protesting the attacks by rivals, and instigated by the supporters of the local Member of Parliament and police, I have decided to quit the election race.”
Latif Siddiqui was admitted to Tangail General Hospital after he fell sick on Wednesday while continuing fast unto death programme protesting an attack on his motorcade during electioneering.
Demanding withdrawal of the officer-in-charge of Kalihati Police Station and immediate arrest of those attacked his motorcade, the expelled AL leader who is contesting the election as an independent candidate from Tangail-4 (Kalihati) constituency, had gone on hunger strike on December 16 and fell sick on December 18.
Latif Siddiqui came under attack allegedly by the supporters of a local union parishad chairman backed by an MP at Soratail in Kalihati upazila that left 20 people injured.