Khulna, Mar 19 (UNB) – At least 12 people were injured in a clash between the supporters of two chairman candidates at Chuknagar bazar in Dumuria upazila on Monday night centering the upcoming third-phase upazila election.
Aminul Islam, officer-in-charge of Dumuria Police Station said that, the clash ensued between the supporters of Awami League candidate Mostafa Sarwar and another candidate Gazi Ejaj around 10 pm.
A chase and counter-chase took place and they hurled brick chips at each other, leaving 12 people injured.
The injured were admitted to Khulna Medical College and Hospital.
Dhaka, Mar 18 (UNB) – BNP senior leader Khandaker Mosharraf Hossain on Monday said the current government cannot stay in power for a long time as an ‘unusual’ situation has been prevailing in the country.
“It’s an unusual incident that vote robbery took place on December 29 instead of an election on December 30. It’s also unusual that Sheikh Hasina formed the cabinet dropping all senior leaders,” he said.
Speaking at a discussion, the BNP leader also said uneven incidents also took place in Ducsu elections. “Unusual incidents have long been happening one after another. I think no one can remain in power for long amid such unusual situation.”
Khandaker Delwar Hossain Smriti Foundation arranged the programme at the Jatiya Press Club, marking the eight death anniversary of ex-BNP secretary general Khandaker Delwar Hossain.
Mosharraf, a BNP standing committee member, said their party leaders and activists have got wondered, not disappointed, witnessing vote ‘robbery’ in the 11th parliamentary election.
“We’ve initiated the process to revitalise our leaders and activists. We’re trying to minimise our organisational gap. BNP will surely restore democracy which was annihilated by Awami League,” he said.
The BNP leader urged their party colleagues to get ready for a democratic movement instead of getting disappointed.
Speaking at the programme, Dhaka University former-VC Prof Emajuddin Ahmed said the ruling party has ‘destroyed’ democracy by ‘snatching’ people’s voting rights in the national election.
About the recent Ducsu polls, he said it is unimaginable that Dhaka University teachers worked for ensuring the victory of a particular organisation. “It never happened in the past. It’s a serious stigma for the university.”
He asked the BNP leaders and activists to go to people, and take to the streets with them to ‘restore’ democracy in the country.
Dhaka, Mar 18 (UNB) - Former Jatiya Party presidium member Muhammad Mohsen Rashid on Monday joined Dr Kamal Hossain’ Gono Forum.
Rashid, also the secretary general of South Asian Association For Regional Cooperation in Law (SAARCLAW), formally joined Gono Forum by presenting Dr Kamal a bouquet at a discussion at the Supreme Court Bar Association auditorium.
Gano Forum arranged programme marking the 99th birth anniversary of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.
Dr Kamal also greeted Rashid by parenting a bouquet.
In his brief address, Rashid said, “I should’ve joined Gono Forum much earlier as the country is passing through a tough time.”
He regretted that his previous party, Jatiya Party, harmed the country and the nation in many ways.
Rashid hoped that he will be able to work for the people and the country under the leadership of Bangabandhu’s close associate Dr Kamal Hossain.
Earlier on March 6 last, Rashid resigned from Jatiya Party by sending a letter to its Chairman HM Ershad.
Dhaka, Mar 18 (UNB)– Voting in the upazila election ended on Monday afternoon without any report of violence.
Altogether 116 upazilas in 16 districts went to polls. Balloting ended at 4pm.
Some 377 chairmen, 548 vice-chairmen and 400 women vice-chairmen candidates are contesting the polls.
As many as 17,909,006 voters were expected to cast votes in Thakurgaon, Rangpur, Gaibandha, Dinajpur, Bogura, Naogaon, Pabna, Sylhet, Moulvibazar, Gopalganj, Faridpur, Chattogram, Rangamati, Khagrachhari, Bandarban and Cox’s Bazar. But media reports indicated a low voter turnout.
Already, 23 chairmen, 13 vice-chairmen and 12 women vice-chairmen contestants have been elected unopposed.
Security personnel, including police, Rab, BGB and Coast Guard, have been deployed in the election areas since Saturday. They are slated to remain there until Wednesday.
Besides, a judicial magistrate was deployed in each upazila and an executive magistrate for every three union parishads for the five days to punish any violator of the polls code.
The government announced a public holiday in the electoral upazilas for Monday.
The first phase of the election was held on March 10, while the third phase is scheduled to be held on March 24 and the fourth phase on March 31.
Bangladesh’s first upazila election was held in 1985, while the following three were held in 1990, 2009 and 2014.
The 4th upazila election was arranged in six phases after the 10th parliamentary elections were held in January 2014.
Dhaka, Mar 17 (UNB) - BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir on Sunday warned that their party will not accept any gas price hike as it will only inflict sufferings on people.
“Our position is clear about the government’s move to hike the gas prices. Neither we nor the country’s people will accept it,” he said.
Fakhrul issued the warning at a press conference at the party’s Nayapaltan central office after a joint meeting of BNP and its associate bodies.
He also said their party will take all-out protest programmes if the government increases the gas tariffs.
About the Bangladesh part of US State Department’s annual country report on human rights practices, the BNP leader said it has depicted the real scenario of the country’s human rights condition and December-30 polls.
The US 2018 Country Reports on Human Rights Practices released on March 13 said unlawful or political killings, forced disappearances, life-threatening prison conditions, limitation of freedom of speech, negative government pressure on and fear of reprisal by press and media, and impunity for security force abuses were the most significant human rights problems in Bangladesh last year.
On elections and political participation, the report termed the December-30 parliamentary elections a “lopsided” one and said it was considered to be marred by irregularities, including ballot-box stuffing and intimidation of opposition polling agents and voters.
Fakhrul said not only the US State Department but also all other global media outlets, including CNN, BBC and Al Jazeera, The Guardian and The Washington Post clearly said it was not an election at all on December 30. “They also said people’s opinion and desire were not reflected in the election as they couldn’t cast their votes.”
Even, the BNP leader said Indian media depicted what happened in the election.
He alleged that Bangladeshi media could not properly report on the election due to a serious censorship on them. “Still, they’re vocal about it as much as possible for them”
“We’re very respectful to the media, and we thank them for the role they’re playing in such an adverse situation,” Fakhrul said.
He alleged that the government has indulged in enforced disappearance, extrajudicial killing and arrest of its opponents to establish one-party rule.
“One-party rule has been established in the country. Now people have no security and they don’t get justice. We’ve been witnessing for nearly 10-12 years that whom the government doesn’t like are being killed and made disappeared,” the BNP leader observed.
BNP vice chairmen Shamsuzzaman Dudu, senior joint secretary general Ruhul Kabir Rizvi, joint secretaries general Syed Moazzem Hossain Alal, Khairul Kabir Khokon and other leaders of the party and its associate bodies took part in the meeting held with Fakhrul in the chair.