Dhaka, Nov 16 (UNB)-Jatiya Oikyafront leaders, led by Dr Kamal Hossain, are exchanging views with editors of print media at Hotel Lakeshore in the city on Friday.
The view-exchanging programme began at 3:30pm.
BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir, its senior leaders Khandaker Mosharraf Hossain, Moudud Ahmed, JSD president Abdur Rob, Nagorik Oikya convenor Mahmudur Rahman Manna, among others, are attending the programme.
Prothom Alo editor Matiur Rahman, New Age editor Nurul Kabir, Manabzamin editor Matiur Rahman Chowdhury, , News Today editor Moslemuddin Ahmed, bdnews24 editor-in-chief Toufique Imrose Khalidi, Dhaka Tribune editor Zafar Sobhan, Holiday editor Kamaluddin Ahmed, weekly Saptahik editor Golam Mortaza, among others, are also present.
Dhaka, Nov 16 (UNB) – BNP on Friday sought the intervention of the Election Commission (EC) in stopping the arrest and harassment of its leaders and activists, and withdrawal of ‘false and fictitious cases’ filed against them.
BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir made the request in a letter sent to Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) KM Nurul Huda.
He also urged the Commission to take steps for the release of all the arrested leaders and activists of BNP and its alliance partners in ‘false’ cases.
M Salahuddin Khan, an official of BNP’s Nayapaltan office, carried the letter to the Election Commission and handed it over to the EC official concerned in the morning, BNP assistant office secretary Taiful Islam Tipu told UNB.
In the letter, Fakhrul said, “Hundreds of cases are being filed against BNP leaders and activists, and they are being arrested even after the announcement of the election schedule. Law enforcers are also creating obstacles to nomination seekers from coming to BNP’s Nayapaltan central office while several hundred leaders and activists have been arrested."
Defying the Commission’s order, he alleged, the law enforcers set up check-posts on different link roads around the BNP office and they are harassing opposition leaders and activists. “Even, they’re snatching nomination papers and damaging those.”
Fakhrul said their 60-70 leaders and workers were arrested on Wednesday alone while a drive to arrest the opposition activists is going on.
“The credibility of the election will be questioned if such arrests and harassment continue. The law enforcers come under the jurisdiction of the Election Commission after the announcement of the election schedule. So, we expect your intervention to stop the filing of false and fictitious cases and the arrest of our leaders and activists by law enforcers,” he said.
The party also sent a list of 472 BNP leaders and workers who were arrested in different cases after the announcement of the schedule for the 11th parliamentary elections on November 8.
Dhaka, Nov 16 (UNB) – BNP will start interviewing its nomination hopefuls from Sunday to finalise the candidates who will contest the 11th parliamentary elections with its tickets.
The party nomination board, comprising BNP standing committee members, will take the interview at BNP chairperson’s Gulshan office, said BNP senior joint secretary general Ruhul Kabir Rizvi.
He said the interview will start with those who bought party nomination forms for Rangpur division’s Panchagar-1 constituency.
Besides, the interview of the nomination seekers of Rajshahi division will also be taken the same day.
He urged the presidents and secretaries of the city, district and upazila units under the respective divisions to be present during the interview.
BNP sold 4,112 nomination papers over the last four days among the aspirants who want to contest the 11th parliamentary elections with its tickets. The nomination sale will end tonight (Friday night).
Of the total, 1,326 forms were sold on the first day on Monday while 1,896 on Tuesday, 488 on Wednesday and 402 as of 4pm on Thursday.
On Monday morning, the party formally started the nomination paper sale with the purchase of three nomination papers for its jailed chairperson Khaleda Zia.
Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) KM Nurul Huda on Monday announced a fresh reschedule for the 11th parliamentary elections saying the polls will be held on December 30 instead of December 23.
The last date for submission of nomination papers is November 28 instead of November 19, he added.
Dhaka, Nov 15 (UNB) – BNP has sold 4,112 nomination papers over the last four days among the aspirants who want to contest the 11th parliamentary elections with its tickets.
Of the total figure, 1,326 forms were sold on the first day on Monday while 1,896 on Tuesday, 488 on Wednesday and 402 as of 4pm on Thursday.
BNP senior joint secretary general Ruhul Kabir Rizvi came up with the statistics at a press conference at the party’s Nayapaltan central office.
He said 1,209 forms were also submitted by the aspirates after filling those over the last two days.
The BNP leader said the nomination seekers are heading towards their own constituencies after submitting their nomination forms.
On Monday morning, the party formally started the sale of nomination with the purchase of three nomination papers for its jailed chairperson Khaleda Zia.
Dhaka, Nov 15 (UNB) – Awami League General Secretary Obaidul Quader on Thursday said AQM Badruddoza Chowdhury-led Juktofront will ‘undoubtedly’ participate in the upcoming national election under their party-led alliance.
He came up with the remark while talking to reporters at the AL President’s Dhanmondi political office after a meeting of the Awami League Parliamentary Board (ALPB) held with Prime Minister and AL President Sheikh Hasina in the chair.
About finalising the AL nominations, Quader, also Road Transport and Bridges Minister, said they have reports of 5-6 surveys carried out by different agencies on the probable candidates in their hands and the ALPB members are scrutinising the reports.
He said the nominations will be finalised within two or three days. “We’re taking our time to choose our candidates as the election date has deferred to December 30 from December 23,” he said.
The ruling party leader also said other components of the AL-led alliance may get 65-70 seats in the 11th parliamentary elections. “However, this may vary given any change in the election atmosphere,” he added.
Asked about the AL manifesto for the upcoming election, Quader said the preparations for formulating it are at the final stage and it will be published soon.
A huge number of party leaders and activists gathered in front of the party chief’s political office since morning.