Dhaka, Sept 9 (UNB) – The-BNP led 20-party alliance on Sunday night decided to intensify the efforts for forging a greater national unity with other political parties to ‘restore’ democracy and ensure a fair election.
“Our leader (Khaleda) before going to jail called for forging a greater unity among all the pro-democratic parties, organisations and individuals to restore democracy. We’re working on it,” said 20-party coordinator Nazrul Islam Kahn.
Talking to reporters after a meeting of the alliance at BNP chairperson’s Gulshan office, he further said, “The meeting of the 20-party not only extended support to the initiative, but also decided to take it forward.”
Nazrul, also a BNP standing committee member, said the meeting criticised the government for not ensuring proper treatment of Khaleda Zia in jail and strongly demanded the government allow her to receive treatment at United Hospital.
Besides, she said, the 20-party leaders also demanded the release of Khaleda Zia and all other political prisoners.
They also demanded the government withdraw all the cases filed against political leaders and activists ahead of the national election, the BNP leader added.
Nazrul said the 20-party urged all the democratic parties and institutions to come forward for forging a greater national unity with demands for holding the next polls under a non-party government, dissolving parliament before announcement of the schedule, reconstitution of the Election Commission, not using the electronic voting machines (EVMs), deploying armed forces during the election, pulling out cases against political leaders and workers and stopping harassment of them.
Apart from Nazrul, BNP standing committee members, Khandaker Mosharraf Hossain, Jamiruddin Sircar, Mirza Abbas, Amir Khosru Mahmud Chowdhury and the top leaders and the 20-parties, including Jamaat-e-Islami, attended the meeting with BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir in the chair.
Dhaka, Sept 9 (UNB) – BNP senior leader Dr Abdul Moyeen Khan on Sunday said a fair, credible and inclusive election is the only safe way-out for the ruling Awami League.
“There’s the only safe way for Awami League to get out is a free, fair and participatory election. Or else, the ruling party will be the worst sufferer,” he said.
Moyeen, also a BNP standing committee member, came up with the remarks while speaking at a discussion arranged by Bangladesh Ganotantrik Sangskritik Jote at the Jatiya Press Club.
He accused Awami League of snatching people’s voting rights, annihilating democracy, and stigmatising the judiciary and law enforcers.
“People won’t sit idle if they try to grab power again. People will surely realise their demands this time,” the BNP leader warned.
Motioning that people want the next election to be held under a neutral administration, Dr Moyeen said, “No way except holding the polls under a non-party impartial government is open for Awami League.”
He also alleged that Awami League has been repressing and suppressing people over the last 10 years. “They’re still continuing their repressive acts.”
The BNP leader urged the government to come to the path of understanding to hold the next polls in a fair and acceptable manner, and thus ‘restore’ democracy in the country.
Dhaka, Sept 9 (UNB) – Another session of the 10th parliament will sit at a convenient time in October next as the current session (22nd session) will continue for only 10 working days until September 20.
The decision came at the meeting of the Business Advisory Committee of the current parliament held at the Jatiya Sangsad on Sunday with Committee Chairman and Speaker Dr Shirin Sharmin Chaudhury in the chair.
During the current session, the House will start its business at 5pm every working day.
However, the meeting decided that the Speaker might extend or reduce the working days of the current session is she wants to do so.
The 22nd session of the 10th parliament started at 5pm today (Sunday) with Speaker Dr Shirin Sharmin Chaudhury presiding.
At the meeting, it was informed that Parliament received notices of 11 government bills for this session.
Besides, there are 12 other government bills in the House. Of the 12 bills, three are at the final stage to be passed in the House while nine are under scrutiny by relevant parliamentary standing committees.
Apart from this, Parliament earlier received notices of seven private member bills. Of these, one private member bill is at the final stage to be passed in the House.
Committee members Leader of the House and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, Opposition Leader Raushon Ershad, HM Ershad, Amir Hossain Amu, Tofail Ahmed, Sheikh Fazlul Karim Selim, Fazle Rabbi Miah, Abul Hasnat Abdullah, Rashed Khan Menon, ASM Feroz, Moin Uddin Khan Badal and Anisul Huq attended the meeting.
Dhaka, Sept 9 (UNB) - BNP on Sunday got permission to stage a human chain programme in the city on Monday demanding its Chairperson Khaleda Zia’s release from jail.
Talking to UNB, BNP senior joint secretary general Ruhul Kabir Rizvi said the Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP) commissioner gave the verbal permission to form the human chain in front of the Jatiya Press Club.
As part of their countrywide programme, he said, they will observe the programme in front of the Jatiya Press Club from 11am to 12pm.
The BNP leader said their party’s all other district and metropolitan city units will also observe the programme on Monday to have their chairperson freed from jail.
Rizvi said their party will also observe a two-hour token hunger strike on Wednesday in all districts and metropolitan cities to press the same demand.
BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia has been in jail since a special court convicted her in Zia Orphanage Trust graft case.