Dhaka, Nov 9 (UNB) – Gono Forum President Dr Kamal Hossain was reported to be ill and could not go to Rajshahi to join Jatiya Oikyafront’s scheduled public rally there to be held this (Friday) afternoon due to his illness.
“Dr Kamal Hossain was scheduled to go to Rajshahi with us by air in the morning to attend today’s rally there. But, he was forced to cancel the trip due to his illness,” said Gono Forum general secretary Mostafa Mohsin Montu.
Dr Kamal was supposed to address the rally as the chief guest while BNP secretary general as the main speaker.
Gano Forum training affairs secretary Rafiqul Islam Pathik said their party president has been suffering from fever since Thursday.
The rally will be held at Madrasa Maidan in the city from 2pm.
Jatiya Oikyafront leaders said they have taken necessary preparations to stage a big showdown through the rally though law enforcers have kept arresting and harassing their leaders and activists.
BNP chairperson’s adviser Mizanur Rahman Minu said they are facing a serious problem in organising the rally due to harassment by law enforcers.
He, however, hoped that their party leaders and activists will make the rally a success with their spontaneous participation in it braving all the obstacles.
Dhaka, Nov 8 (UNB) - BNP on Thursday night alleged that the Election Commission (EC) has announced the next election schedule to hold another ‘unilateral’ election as per the government’s will.
In an instant reaction at BNP chairperson’s Gulshan office, BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir also said people will not accept any election which is against their hopes and aspirations.
“The election schedule was announced to hold a lopsided election which has reflected the government’s will,” he told a press conference after a meeting of the BNP-led 20-party alliance.
The BNP leader also said the EC declared the polls schedule without reflecting people’s desire. “Our statement is clear over the election schedule that the country’s people won’t accept the election which is contrary to people’s aspirations.”
He said a delegation of the Jatiya Oikyafront recently met the EC and requested them to defer the election schedule announcement. “But they didn’t do it.”
Fakhrul said they will come with formal reaction to the schedule announcement after meetings with Oikyafront, the 20-party alliance leaders and their party’s standing committee members.
Earlier in the evening, Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) KM Nurul Huda in a televised address to the nation announced the schedule for the next general election.
As per the schedule, the 11th parliamentary elections will be held on December 23 (Sunday) while the last date for submitting nomination papers is November 19, the date for scrutinising nomination papers is November 22 and the last date for the withdrawal of nomination papers is November 29.
Dhaka, Nov 8 (UNB) – Juktafront Chairman Dr AQM Badruddoza Chowdhury on Thursday said the government has breached its promise to ensure a level-playing field by not allowing their alliance leaders and journalist to go to Satkhira by a helicopter to join a public rally.
In a statement, he said, “It’s certain that the government has directly or indirectly taken steps to stop our public rally. We strongly protest and condemn the government’s such anti-democratic move. It’s also a clear violation of the pledge to create a level-playing field.”
B Chowdhury, also a former President, said the breach of commitment does not reflect the government’s good will. “Such behaviour cannot be accepted in any way in the future and we’ll surely be forced to take alternative steps if it happens again.”
He said Juktafront was all set to hold a rally in Satkhira arranged by Bikolpa Dhara Bangladesh’s presidium member and its potential candidate Golam Reza.
However, the Juktafront chief said the authorities of Shahjalal International Airport did not allow the helicopter carrying Juktafront leaders and journalists to take off in the morning.
He said the Prime Minister during the recent talks with them gave a strong commitment that they will be able to hold rallies and campaign anywhere in the country for the sake of ensuring a level-playing field.
“But it’s a matter of regret that we couldn’t join the public rally in Satkhira due to obstruction to the helicopter take-off,” he added.
Dhaka, Nov 8 (UNB) – BNP on Thursday alleged that its Chairperson Khaleda Zia was shifted to jail again violating the High Court’s directive for her treatment and the recommendations of the medical board as part of the government’s a ‘dangerous plot’.
“The government is playing a nasty game over Khaleda Zia’s life. The initiative for sending her to jail when she is undergoing medical tests to begin her treatment is not only an inhuman act, but also the government's a horrifying plot,” 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 said Syed Atiqul Haq, under whom Khaleda had been receiving treatment, did not issue her ‘discharge certificate’ while the medical board chairman Prof Abdul Jalil Chowdhury is now abroad.
“Under the circumstances, the law enforcers forced the medical team to issue the discharge certificate. The government’s plot for putting Begum Zia’s life at stake or crippling her forever without giving her treatment is the manifestation of the government’s disgusting mentality,” Rizvi alleged.
He also said the government does not want Khaleda to be cured as it is trying to remove her from politics by risking her life. “It’s also the expression of utter vindictive attitude of Sheikh Hasina.”
The BNP leader said the government has indulged in a brutal game of revenge with Khaleda Zia to force the opposition to join the staged-managed election.
“The government has snatched her rights to get treatment. We strongly protest and condemn the sending of our leader to jail from the hospital without completing her treatment,” he added.
The BNP leader warned that people will resist any plot to endanger Khaleda’s life.
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 on 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.
Dhaka, Nov 8 (UNB) – BNP on Thursday alleged that its more than 2,200 leaders and activists were arrested over the last three days centring Oikyafront’s Tuesday’s Suhrawardy Udyan rally though the Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina during the talks assured it of bringing an end to it.
“During the talks with Oikyafront leaders, the Prime Ministers promised that no more new cases would be filed, no new arrest would be made and steps would be taken to release the real political prisoners. But the Prime Minister’s assurance didn’t work,” said BNP senior joint secretary general Ruhul Kabir Rizvi.
Speaking at a press conference at the party’s Nayapaltan central office, he also alleged that BNP leaders and activists were arrested over the last three days by conducting a combing operation centring the Oikyafront’s rally. “As per the information we’ve received so far over 2,200 leaders and activists of our party were arrested across the country during the period.”
Rizvi said from former MPs to their presidents and secretaries of different districts and metropolitan cities were among the arrestees.
The BNP leader alleged that their party’s over a thousand leaders and activists and normal supporters were arrested on their way back home from the rally, and some were released after extracting money while many were not freed even after taking bribe.
Besides, he said, their thousands of leaders and activists are passing through inhuman life away from their houses due to continuous raids by police.
Rizvi questioned whether the talks with the Oikyafront leaders was a trap of deception as opposition leaders and activists are being arrested widely after the Prime Minister’s commitment of not doing so.
He also presented a list of their party’s arrested leaders and activists across the country, including the capital.
The BNP leader strongly protested and condemned the arrest and demanded their immediate release.
Jatiya Oikyafront, led by Dr Kamal Hossain, staged a public rally at Suhrawardy Udyan on Tuesday to push for its seven-point demand aiming to hold a fair and participatory neutral election.