Dhaka, Mar 16 (UNB) – BNP has expelled 18 more of its grassroots leaders for their move to contest the upcoming upazila elections violating the party's decision.
A BNP press release signed by its assistant office secretary Taiful Islam Tipu on Saturday said 18 party leaders in three districts -- Chattogram, Pirojpur and Dinajpur -- were also stripped off their primary memberships.
They are Chattogram’s Hathazari upazila BNP leader Syed Mostafa Alam Masum, Pirojpur’s Indurkani upazila leader Faizul Kabir Talukder, Nazirpur upazila Mohila Dal general secretary Selina Begum, Nesarabad upazila Mohila Dal president Jahanara Begum, Dinajpur Mohila Dal joint general secretaries Firoza Begum, Akhtara Chowdhury, Parbatipur upazila Mohila Dla general secretary Sahida Khatun, Fulbari upazila Mohila Dal general secretary Hasna Begum, Birampur upazila joint general secretary Delwar Hossain, organising secretary Monjur Rashid Ratan, its Mohila Dal general secretary Umme Kulsum Banu, Municipality unit organising secretary Abdul Hye, Nawabganj upazila Mohila Dal president Lipi Begum, assistant Mohila Dal affairs secretary Shabana Begum, Kaharole upazila Jubo Dal joint secretary Habibur Rahman Habi, Khansama upazila BNP member ATM Sujauddin, Hakimpur upazila Mohila Dal president Parul Nahar and Municipality unit organising secretary Wahidur Rahman Ripon.
With these fresh ones, the party has so far expelled around 142 grassroots leaders over the last one month for joining the upazila elections as independent candidates breaching the party’s decision.
Manikganj, Mar 16 (UNB) – BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir on Saturday said their party has been passing through a critical juncture due to the current government’s ‘misrule’.
“BNP has been going through a critical time since our chairperson Khaleda Zia has been kept in jail in false cases due to a plot by the government which imposed misrule on people by usurping power,” he said.
Fakhrul came up with the remarks while talking to reporters after placing a wreath at the grave of former BNP secretary general Khandaker Delwar Hossain in the district’s Pachuria, marking the eight death anniversary of the late leader.
To overcome the current situation, the BNP leader said they are now working to reorganise their party.
He said their party will intensify their movement for ensuring the release of Khaleda Zia from jail and restoring people’s lost rights.
“We’ll dislodge the current fascist and autocratic regime through a movement together with people,” the BNP leader said.
Fakhrul said their party is proud of being the full member of Asia Pacific Democrat Union (APDU), and hoped that the organisation will play a positive role in ‘restoring’ democracy in Bangladesh.
BNP’s status was upgraded from associate to full membership at a meeting of the APDU Council in Colombo on Friday while Fakhrul was elected one of the three vice-chairmen of the organisation.
Fakhrul recalled Khandaker Delwar’s role in keeping the party organised during the 1/11 political changeover.
The BNP secretary general along with party’s joint secretaries general Khandaker Mahbubuddin Khokon and Syed Moazzem Hossain Alal reached Pachuria around 1:30 pm.
They together with local BNP leaders placed a wreath at Delwar’s grave and offered fateha there on the occasion.
Dhaka, Mar 15 (UNB) – BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir has been elected one of the three vice-chairmen of Asia Pacific Democrat Union (APDU) as the organisation gave BNP its full membership.
At a meeting of the APDU Council held in Colombo on Friday, Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe was elected chairman of the union while New Zealand National Party President Peter Goodfellow Deputy Chairman, Mirza Fakhrul told UNB.
Two other elected vice-chairmen of the organisation are Tenzin Khangsar (Canada) and Hassan Latheef (Maldives).
Teena McQueen (Australia) was elected APDU Treasurer while Bruce Edwards (Australia) Executive Secretary.
Fakhrul said the APDU member states elected the seven-member office-bearers through direct vote.
On behalf of BNP, its international affairs secretary Humayun Kabir joined the meeting.
“BNP applied for being a member of APDU nearly a year back as we were its associate member. The meeting of the APDU Council upgraded BNP’s status from associate to full membership,” Fakhrul said.
From Bangladesh, he said, only BNP was made the member of APDU, an international association of member parties close to the International Democratic Union.
Dhaka, Mar 15 (UNB) – BNP and its associate bodies will observe the 8th death anniversary of its former secretary general Khandaker Delwar Hossain on Saturday.
The party has taken various programmes, including placing wreaths at his grave, offering fateha there and holding a mild mahfil, in observance of the death anniversary.
Besides, Khandaker Delwar Hossain Smriti Parishad and Manikganj unit BNP will also mark the day amid various programmes.
BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir along with some other party’s central leaders will offer fateha and place wreaths at Delwar’s grave in Manikganj’s Pachuria on Saturday.
They will also join a mild mahfil at the late BNP leader’s Manikganj residence after Zonhr prayers.
A mild mahfil will also be held at the party’s Nayapaltan central office at 12pm.
Besides, Khandaker Delwar Hossain Smriti Parishad is scheduled to hold a discussion at the Jatiya Press Club on Monday on the occasion.
BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul issued a message on Friday recalling Delwar’s contributions to the party and his role after 1/11 political changeover in foiling various plots against BNP.
Born in Manikganj on February 1, 1933, Delwar was elected MP for four times and became Chief Whip of Jatiya Sangsad. A valiant freedom fighter, Delwar had been involved with BNP politics since its birth.
Moments before she was sent to jail, BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia had nominated Delwar the party secretary general expelling Abdul Mannan Bhuiyan in 2007 during the rule of army-backed caretaker government.
He was also elected party secretary general in the party’s 5th national council on December 8, 2009.
Delwar died of old-age complications at Mount Elizabeth Hospital in Singapore on March 16, 2011.
Dhaka, Mar 14 (UNB) – BNP senior leader and former president of Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal Shamsuzzaman Dudu on Thursday said ex-student leaders are thinking to announce a programme like long march towards Dhaka University (DU) demanding reelection to Ducsu.
Speaking at a discussion, he, also expressed solidarity with the demonstrating DU students demanding cancellation of March 11 Ducsu polls.
“Dhaka University is our dream place. We won’t accept your (VC’s) any whimsical decision about the university. We the former student leaders, including ex-Ducsu VPs and GSs, are in consultation about announcing action programmes. If necessary, we’ll stage a long march towards the university,” Dudu said.
He said the Dhaka University VC must say as to why such a ‘questionable’ election was held in Ducsu, destroying the university’s dignity and reputation.
Elections to Dhaka University Central Students' Union (Ducsu) and its hall unions were held on Monday, after long 28 years, with the participation of major student bodies.
All but Bangladesh Chhatra League rejected the election results bringing allegations of irregularities, and demanded reelection.
Dudu, a BNP vice chairman, said it will be tantamount to denial of truth if it is called election what happened on Monday at Dhaka University. “We were students and participated in Ducsu elections, but such irregularities did not happen. We extend our full support to those students observing hunger strike demanding reelections to Ducsu.”
He urged the DU authorities to accept the demands of the students for reelection.
Meanwhile, pro-BNP doctors’ body, Doctors’ Association of Bangladesh (DAB), formed a human chain in front of the Jatiya Press Club demanding proper treatment of ailing BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia.
Speaking at the programme, the DAB leaders urged the government to free Khaleda Zia immediately and take steps for admitting her to United Hospital as her health condition is deteriorating every day.