Dhaka, Jun 25 (UNB) – Jatiya Party acting Chairman GM Quader on Tuesday said his party will lead an alliance in the coming days that will form the government.
“Jatiya Party will lead an alliance in the future, and that alliance will be able to form the government,” he said at an organisational meeting of Jatiya Party’s Rangpur and Rajshahi divisions units at a Motijheel community centre.
He said all major parties are contesting elections in alliance since it is not possible to get good polls results without a strong alliance. “But small parties face existential crisis after joining polls in alliance with big parties,” he said.
Quader said their party can independently lead an alliance only by strengthening its organisational capacity further. “Jatiya Party can govern the country with the people’s support in the days to come.”
He said their party has become stronger by facing adverse situations over the last 29 years since it quit power.
Quader said he wants to run the party as per its constitution and take suggestions from the grassroots leaders and activists.
“I want to take the party forward with the support and confidence of its general workers and supporters. I don’t believe in authoritarian politics,” he added.
Jatiya Party Secretary General Moshiur Rahman Ranga said though they contested the December-30 election under the Awami League-led grand alliance, the ruling party’s attitude towards Jatiya Party is unacceptable.
Ranga said though Awami League and BNP are facing serious intra-party conflicts, Jatiya Party is united.
“There’s no conflict and division in Jatiya Party. We’re united under the leadership of GM Quader as per the directive of our chairman HM Ershad,” he said.
Dhaka, Jun 24 (UNB) – The BNP-led 20-party alliance has decided to stage different action programmes at different metropolitan cities, including Dhaka, in July demanding the release of BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia.
The decision was taken at a meeting of the alliance at BNP chairperson’s Gulshan office on Monday night, said 20-party coordinator Nazrul Islam Khan.
Briefing reporters after the meeting, he said, “We’ve taken a decision to observe various programmes in all metropolitan cities with a demand for immediate release of our leader Khaleda Zia,”
Nazrul, also a BNP standing committee member, said the 20-party’s next meeting will finalise the action programmes.
Replying to a question, he said their alliance is a major democratic force in the country and it is united.
The BNP leader said various issues relating to the country’s political situation, proposed budget and farmers’ deprivation of fair prices of their produce came up for discussion at the meeting.
All the top leaders of the most alliance components joined the meeting held with BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir in the chair.
However, no representative from Jamaat-e-Islami was present at the meeting.
Dhaka, Jan 24 (UNB) – A draft list of 575 voters for election to Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal’ (JCD’s) president and secretary posts was unveiled on Monday.
JCD election management committee prepared the list for holding the election on July 15.
A press release, signed by Khairul Kabir Khokon, convener of the election management committee, said the top five leaders--president, secretary, senior vice president, joint secretary and organising secretary-- from each of the JCD’s organisational district units and university and college units have been included in the draft voter list.
Besides, a seven-point election code of conduct was also formulated for the election.
As per the code of conduct, no panel can be formed as every candidate must contest the election independently. “Election campaign cannot be conducted through posters, banners and the mass media. Candidates can’t hold any meeting, rally, entertain voters, and present them any gift. “
Restriction is also imposed on giving interviews to media by candidates, holding press conference and taking part in any talk-show.
However, the candidates can use white or black leaflets or visiting card to seek votes from voters. “No candidate or their supporters can distribute leaflets or visiting card or hold any meeting on the voting day.”
All the candidates of election must be unmarried ones.
The election management committee can take punitive actions and even revoke the candidature if any candidate flouts the election code of conduct.
JCD's last committee was formed on October 14, 2014, with Rajib Ahsan as its president and Akramul Hasan as general secretary and it was dissolved on June 3 last.
Amid a row over the formation of its new committee maintaining a specific age limit, BNP on Sunday announced that the council of JCD will be held on July 15 to form the fresh committee through voting.
Dhaka, Jun 24 (UNB) – Aggrieved leaders of Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal’s (JCD’s) recently dissolved committee again staged a two-hour demonstration in front of BNP’s Nayapaltan central office on Monday, demanding the withdrawal of age limit and expulsion order against their 12 leaders.
Over a hundred protesters of JCD took position in front of the BNP office around 11:30am and started their demonstration there. It was also meant for mounting pressure for changing the schedule for the council of the student body.
At one stage, they snapped the power connection to the BNP office and obstructed all from entering it till 1:30pm.
They also did not allow ex-JCD leader and BNP organising sectary Fazlul Haque Milon to go the office while beat a JCD leader as he tried to defy them.
Talking to reporters after their two-hour programme, ex-joint general secretary of the dissolved JCD committee Farroque Munna said they will continue their movement until their demands for the withdrawal of age limit, expulsion order against their 12 leaders and reschedule of the council 15-July council date are met.
He said they will also stage a similar protest programme on Tuesday in front of the BNP office. “We love Chhatra Dal, and we believe our leaders will resolve the problem through discussions with us.”
While the some leaders of the demonstrating JCD group were going to Kakrail crossing from Nayapaltan, two-three crude bombs were thrown by miscreants from behind.
However, no one was injured in the blasts.
Earlier in the morning, a group of JCD leaders and activists brought out a procession at Nayapaltan welcoming the announcement for holding the student body’s council on July 15.
Later, they along with leaders and activists of BNP’s different associate bodies took position inside the office to resist any untoward incident by the demonstrators.
Amid a row over the formation of its new committee maintaining a specific age limit, BNP on Sunday announced that the council of JCD will be held on July 15.
The party is also supposed to publish a draft voters list for election to JCD’s new president and general secretary.
On Saturday, BNP expelled a dozen demonstrating leaders of Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal hours after they announced to continue their movement until their demand for either formation of a new short-term committee or the removal of age limit is met.
JCD's last committee was formed on October 14, 2014 with Rajib Ahsan as its president and Akramul Hasan as general secretary, and it was dissolved on June 3 last.
A BNP press release, signed by Rizvi on June 3, said candidates planning to vie for various posts will have to be primary members, students of any educational institution in Bangladesh, and must have passed SSC and equivalent examinations either 2000 or later on, prompting a group of leaders staging demonstration seeking the withdrawal of age limit.
Bogura, June 24 (UNB) –Voting in the by-election to Bogura-6 constituency is underway on Monday amid a very poor response from voters at many polling stations.
The balloting began at 9 am and will continue till 4 pm without any break.
Visiting different polling stations the UNB correspond found that the voter turnout was poor in the morning.
However, no irregularities were reported from any polling centre till noon.
Meanwhile, the Election Commission took all the preparations to smoothly hold the by-polls using Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs).
The constituency was declared vacant as BNP Secretary General Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir, who was elected from the parliamentary seat in the December 30 general election,did not take oath as MP within the 90 days from the date of the first meeting of parliament.
Golam Mohammad Siraj of BNP, T Zaman Niketa of Awami League, Nurul Islam Omar of Jatiya Party, Dr Mansur Rahman of Bangladesh Congress, Mufti Rafiqul Islam of Muslim League and independent candidate Md Minhaz Mondal are there in the election race.
Besides, another independent candidate Syed Kabir Ahmed Mithuquit the election race after the expiry of the deadline.
There are 387,458 voters -- 191,668 males and 195,790 females – in the constituency.
Earlier, the EC identified 111 out of total 141polling centres as important.
Five policemen and 12 Ansar members have been deployed in every important polling centrewhile four policemen and 12 Ansar members at a normal centre.
Besides, 12 platoons of Border Guard Bangladesh, 12 teams of Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) and 12 executive magistrates are there in the field apart from 12 teams of striking forces to ensure security.