Dhaka, May 11 (UNB) – Awami League central leaders taking care of the party in Khulna division on Saturday started their organisational tour to the division.
During the organisational tour, the central leaders will attend eight meetings (mostly extended special meetings) in Chuadanga, Jashore, Norail, Satkhira, Khulna, Bagerhat and Jhenaidah, said a press release.
With the tour, the ruling party has started its organisational visit throughout the country ahead of the AL national council to be held in October 2019.
On the first day of the tour, the AL leaders will join an extended special meeting of AL Chuadanga district unit on Saturday.
AL district units will arrange seven meetings, while AL Khulna city unit will organise one meeting.
The AL central leaders will attend the meetings in Jashore and Narail on Sunday, Satkhira on Monday.
They will also join the meetings in Khulna city on May 18, Khulna district on May 19, Bagerhat on May 20 and Jhenaidah on May 21.
The members of the AL central organisational team formed for Khulna division include its presidium member Pijush Kanti Bhattacharya, acting general secretary Mahbubul Alam Hanif MP, joint general secretary Abdur Rahman, organising secretary Abu Sayeed Al Mahmud Swapan, Labour Affairs Secretary Habibur Rahman Siraj, central working committee members Monnujan Sufian, MP, SM Kamal Hossain, Advocate Amirul Islam Milon and Parvin Zaman Kalpana.
Dhaka, May 10 (UNB) – BNP on Friday said the denial of facts by law enforcers after picking many opposition leaders and activists up is a serious inhuman act.
In a statement, party senior joint secretary Ruhul Kabir Rizvi also alleged that law enforcers have got desperate to eliminate opposition parties with state patronage.
The statement was issued as Jatiyatabadi Swechchasebak Dal’s Sirajganj district town unit convener Sanwar Hossain Sanu remained missing since he was ‘picked up’ by law enforcers.
Rizvi voiced deep concern as he said law enforcers are not admitting the arrest of Sanu. “The Awami League government has made the denial a culture.”
He said the government has started indulging in enforced disappearances, extrajudicial killings, arresting opposition leaders and activists in false cases and other cruel acts out of its unknown fear of losing power.
“Family members and BNP leaders and activists are deeply worried over the incident of Sanu’s missing,” Rizvi said.
The BNP leader demanded the law enforcers ensure the safe and immediate return of the Swechchasebak Dal leader to his family.
Dhaka, May 10 (UNB) – Stating that they are trying to pursue the fair politics based on reality, BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir on Friday urged his party colleagues not to get confused with the government‘s ‘propaganda’ against their party.
“The world is changing fast while geopolitics is taking a different shape. We must now cope with this new political trend and work out our strategy based on reality. It’s not an easy task. We’ve to use every available scope to carry out our struggle for democracy,” he said.
The BNP leader further said, “But they (govt) are trying to create confusion among people and our leaders and activists through various means, including spreading propaganda through the media. Especially, they’re using the social media to mislead our leaders and activists. Don’t get confused with the false campaign.”
Fakhrul came up with the remarks while speaking at a discussion-cum-photo exhibition programme arranged by Nationalist Research Centre at the Jatiya Press Club.
Mentioning that their acting chairman Tarique Rahman is running the party from abroad, he urged BNP leaders and activists to get united and follow the right path of politics to restore democracy.
“We must now think how we’ll move ahead under the current situation. We’ll have to adopt the changes with the passage of time. We won’t be able to achieve many things with only raising the populist slogans. So, we need to be pragmatic,” Fakhrul observed.
The BNP leader said the government has kept their chairperson Khaleda Zia in jail through a deep-rooted plot to destroy democracy. “The government won’t be able to prolong her stay in jail as people will free her with their united efforts.”
He also called upon BNP leaders and activists to take a vow to reach their goal of restoring democracy and freeing Khaleda Zia from jail instead of getting frustrated with the current political situation.
Fakhrul said the existence of Bangladesh is now at stake as a plot is on to turn it into a failed state.
The BNP leader alleged that people have now got hostage to the ruling party as the government has destroyed the judiciary, police, Election Commission and all the democratic institutions. “We must carry out our struggle to get rid of the current situation instead of getting frustrated.”
Recalling Khaleda Zia’s contributions to politics and the country, the BNP leader said Khaleda Zia is a rare democracy-loving and dedicated leader in the Asia who sacrificed a lot throughout her life for democracy. “She never bowed down to unjust and worked for turning Bangladesh into a true democrat ion nation.”
Dhaka, May 9 (UNB) – Jatiya Party President HM Ershad on Thursday promoted his party’s eight leaders, mostly mid-level ones, by appointing them as party presidium members.
In an instruction, the Jatiya Party chief said he took the decision as part of recognising the contributions of the eight leaders to the party’s organisational activities.
He said the decision took immediate effect.
The eight leaders are Syed Didar Bakht (Satkhira), Kazi Mamunur Rashid (Brahmanbaria), Zafar Iqbal Siddiqui (Nilphamari), Nazma Akhtar, MP, (Feni), Abdus Sattar Mia (Gazipur), Alamgir Shikder Loton (Narayanganj), Emran Hossain Miah (Chandpur) and Maj (retd) Rana Mohammad Sohel, MP (Nilphamari).
In another instruction, Ershad appointed Mahmudur Rahman Mahmud as his international affairs adviser.
Dhaka, May 9 (UNNB) – Abdul Kader Siddiqui, president of Krishak Sramik Janata League (KSJL), on Thursday threatened to quit the Dr Kamal Hossain-led Jatiya Oikyafront by a month if inconsistencies are not removed from the alliance.
“There’re many inconsistencies in Jatiya Oikyafront…I’ll pull out our party from the Jatiya Oikyafront on June 8 if the inconsistencies are not removed by this time,” he said.
Kader Siddique issued the ultimatum at a press conference at KSJL’s Motijheel central office.
On May 6, Andaleeve Rahman Partha, chairman of Bangladesh Jatiya Party (BJP), one of the key partners of BNP’s another alliance 20-party, quit the coalition for various reason, including swearing-in by seven MPs-elect of Jatiya Oikyafront.
On October 13, 2018, Oikyafront was formed by BNP, Gonoforum, Jatiya Samajtantrik Dal (JSD-Rob) and Nagorik Oikya under the leadership of Dr Kamal Hossain.
On November 5, KSJL formally joined the Oikyafront and took part in the December-30 election in alliance using BNP’s election symbol, ‘Sheaf of Paddy’.
However, Oikyafront only got eight seats -- BNP six and Gonoforum 2 -- in the election.
Kader Siddiqui said many problems have been created in the alliance after the national election.
“People raise questions over Jatiya Oikyafront’s some activities after the election. The alliance couldn’t function properly while it's failed to stand by the families of the people killed and injured during the election violence. We also failed to hold a mass gathering on April-30 at Shahbagh,” he said.
The KSJL president said there has been confusion in public mind about Jatiya Oikyafront as its MPs-elect were sworn in though the alliance turned down the dangerous ‘drama’ staged on December 30 in the name of national election.
“When one of the BNP’s six-so-called MPs-elect took oath was expelled by the party, its four other MPs-elect were sworn in later. But, Mirza Fakhrul refrained from doing the same. These activities make people confused and we’re unable to give people any answer to their questions,” he said.
The KSJL chief also criticised Gonoforum for allowing Mokabbir Khan to be present at its special council since Dr Kamal forced him out of his room after he had been sworn in violating the party decision.
He also said those who took oath as the MPs of the 11th parliament will be considered as more notorious than Mir Jafar.
Replying to a question, Kader Siddiqui said he talked to senior leaders of Oikyafront, including Dr Kamal Hossain, Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir, ASM Abdur Rob and Mahmudur Rahman Manna and Mostafa Mohsin Montu over the problems in the alliance.