The ruling Awami League on Monday announced the names of candidates for Dhaka-5 and Naogaon-6 by- election.
Party's general secretary announced their names at a regular press briefing held at his official residence.
The Party nominated Monirul Islam Monu for Dhaka-5 and picked Mohammad Anawar Hossain Helal for Naogaon -6.
Dhaka-5 MP was Awami League’s Habibur Rahman Molla while the Naogaon-6 member of parliament had been the late Israfil Alam.
Dhaka-5 and Naogaon-6 by-polls are scheduled for October 1, according to the Election Commission.
In the meantime, Awami League presidium members and former ministers Mohammad Nasim and Sahara Khatun have passed away, leaving the Sirajganj-1 and Dhaka-18 seats vacant respectively.
The candidate for Dhaka-18 will be announced later, Quader said.
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BNP Secretary General Mirza Fakhrul Islam on Sunday described late finance minister M Saifur Rahman as a 'revolutionary reformer' and true patriot as he built the foundation of a vibrant economy of the country.
“Saifur Rahman was a talented, patriot and revolutionary reformer. When Bangladesh’s economy got close to destruction and was called a basket case in the hands of a so-called quarter, he rebuilt it under the leadership of Ziaur Rahman,” he said.
Speaking at a virtual discussion, the BNP leader also said Saifur changed the country’s economy by adopting open-market policy coming out of the ‘so-called’ socialist thought and the mixed economy.
M Saifur Rahman Parishad arranged the programme, marking the 11th death anniversary of the former finance minister.
Fakhrul said he has doubt whether any finance minister in the world has had so much success in macroeconomy like Saifur. “I have a strong doubt whether we’ll ever get a patriot and brilliant finance minister like Saifur Rahman in the future.”
Fakhrul bemoaned that the current government is now destroying the economy with widespread ‘corruption and plundering’.
"The economy that was built on a solid foundation by Ziaur Rahman and Saifur Rahman is now being dragged down by the current unelected government. The country's economy is being plunged back into the gorge in a planned way,” he alleged.
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The BNP leader said mega projects have been taken for ‘mega’ corruption’ as Awami League’s main target is to make many through ‘plundering’.
He said the government is not taking action against those involved in the share market scam, Bangladesh Bank’s reserve heist, the plundering of banks and financial institutions.
Fakhrul said there is no alternative to 'restoring' democracy with united efforts to get rid of the current situation.
The 11th death anniversary of M Saifur Rahman was observed on Saturday with various programmes.
On September 5, 2009, Saifur, also a former BNP standing committee member, died in a road accident on Dhaka-Sylhet highway at the age of 77.
Also read: Attack on UNO an ominous sign: BNP
BNP standing committee has demanded an impartial probe into the brutal attack on Ghoraghat Upazila Nirbahi Officer (UNO) Wahida Khanam as there is an allegation that Jubo League "cadres have the direct involvement in it".
At their meeting on Saturday, the BNP policymakers also demanded the government bring the "Jubo League men" to justice if their involvement with the incident is found through the investigation, said a press release on Sunday.
“This incident has exposed the fragile and broken state of the current law and order situation in the country,” the media release said.
The BNP policymakers strongly denounced the attack on the UNO and her father.
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They said the incident has proved that no citizen of the country, not even those in the administration, is safe under the current government.
The BNP leaders urged the government to ensure the security of life and property of every citizen of the country.
UNO Wahida Khanam was seriously injured in an attack by miscreants at her home on the Ghoraghat Upazila Parishad premises early Thursday. Her father, Omar Ali, was also injured in the gruesome attack.
She has now been undergoing treatment at the National Institute of Neurosciences & Hospital, Dhaka.
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At their meeting, the BNP leaders also reviewed the draft of the Political Parties Registration Act, 2020 which has recently been approved by the Election Commission (EC).
The BNP leaders viewed that the EC wants to hand over the electoral system to the government to use it as a tool to establish a one-party rule through enacting unnecessary laws.
They denounced the EC’ such attempt to amend and change the existing law and urged the Commission to refrain from such activities.
About the Covid-19 pandemic, the BNP policymakers said though the virus has been spreading in an uncontrolled manner across the country, the government is misleading people by providing false statistics only to hide its failures to tackled the situation.
They urged the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS) to present the real corona situation before the nation.
The BNP standing committee also expressed deep shock over the loss of lives and injuries in AC explosions at a mosque in Narayanganj.
Describing the incident as an unusual one, it demanded a neutral probe to find out the real causes behind the AC explosions and bring those responsible for it to justice.
BNP on Saturday demanded the government find out the real causes behind the AC explosions at a mosque in Narayanganj.
"We strongly demand an immediate and proper investigation to unearth the real causes behind the Narayanganj blast, and ensure exemplary punishment for anyone involved in it," said BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir.
He made the demand in a statement issued by the party.
Some 40 people suffered burn injuries as all the air conditioners of Baitus Salam Mosque exploded during Esha prayers in Fatullah, Narayanganj on Friday night. At least 16 of them succumbed to their injuries.
Fakhrul said the blasts at the mosque that claimed so many lives is very painful and heartrending.
He prayed for the salvation of the departed souls of those died and conveyed his sympathy to the bereaved families of the victims.
The BNP leader urged the government to ensure proper treatment of the injured and wished their speedy recovery.
He said many people are being killed and injured in road accidents, launch capsizes, and other accidents almost every day across the country.
“A chaotic situation has been prevailing all over the country due to mismanagement and lack of good governance. Unscrupulous people do not hesitate to indulge in misdeeds and unfair acts as there’s no accountability anywhere in the country,” Fakhrul observed.
He said newspapers are regularly running news on deaths in different accidents, but the government is not taking any initiative to find out the causes behind so many accidents and casualties, and prevent those.
“So, the death of people in repeated accidents has apparently become normal affairs. The level of accidents has now multiplied as those responsible are not brought to justice,” the BNP leader added.
Also read: Attack on UNO an ominous sign: BNP
Denouncing the nasty attack on Ghoraghat Upazila Nirbahi Officer (UNO) Wahida Khanam, BNP on Friday said it is an ominous sign for the country.
In a statement, BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir also questioned how the public life and property are safe in the country when a UNO has to fight for life after getting seriously injured by terrorists.
UNO Wahida Khanam was seriously injured in an attack by miscreants at her home on the Ghoraghat Upazila Parishad premises early Thursday. Her father Omar Ali was also injured in the gruesome attack.
She was airlifted from Rangpur to Dhaka, and admitted to the National Institute of Neurosciences & Hospital, Dhaka.
"The brutal and demonic terrorist attack on a upazila level top government official like Wahida Khanam has exposed once again the current government has turned the country into a failed state. It has no moral ground to run the state,” Fakhrul said.
The BNP leader alleged that the government wants to prolong its power by resorting to terrorism. “The opposition parties and their opinions are being suppressed in a gory way. Now government officials are also being subjected to their (ruling party’s) brutality.”
He said the miscreants are getting encouraged to indulge in crimes with the way the current government has been carrying out extrajudicial killings, including that of retired army officer Major Sinha, ever since it has come to power.
“Ghoraghat Upazila Nirbahi Officer would not have been attacked had the miscreants, no matter who they are, been brought under the law and punished earlier,” Fakhrul observed.
Stating that the law-and-order situation in the country has now deteriorated badly, he said the government vicious agenda is on with the pampering of criminals all over the country to cover up the unfair and nefarious activities like murder, attack, money laundering, human trafficking, looting, tender manipulation and grabbing. “Ghoraghat Upazila Nirbahi Officer Wahida Khanam is the latest victim of such acts.”
The BNP leader said terrorism is now widespread as the government is running the country in the ‘Nazi’ style by ‘abolishing’ the rule of law and ‘burying’ democracy. “Inspired by the ideology of corruption and terrorism, this government is spreading the venomous stem of unrest all over the country.”
“We don’t know any language to condemn the brutal attack on UNO Wahida Khanam and her father. The incident of seriously injuring Wahida Khanam through a vicious attack is undoubtedly an ominous sign for the state,” Fakhrul said.
He demanded the immediate arrest and exemplary punishment of the perpetrators.
The BNP leader conveyed his profound sympathy to the family members and relatives of Wahida Khanam. “I wish Wahida Khanam and her father Omar Ali a speedy recovery."