Dhaka, Jun 2 (UNB) - BNP has finally kept trust in its former MP GM Siraj by allocating the party election symbol ‘Sheaf of Paddy’ for him to contest the by-election to Bogura-6 parliamentary seat.
BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir on Sunday handed over a party letter to GM Siraj at BNP chairperson’s Gulshan office nominating him as the candidate of ‘Sheaf of Paddy’ for the by polls.
Siraj, also BNP’s Bogura district unit convener, got the party’s letter just a day before the schedule for the distribution of symbols by the returning officer.
On April 30, the parliamentary seat was declared vacant as Fakhrul did not to take oath of office though he was elected MP from the constituency in the December-30 polls.
The by-polls to the Bogura-6 constituency will be held on June 24, according to a schedule announced by the Election Commission on May 8.
As per the by-polls schedule, the deadline for the submission of nomination paper is May 23, while the date for scrutinising nomination paper is May 27 and the last date for the withdrawal of candidature is June 3.
The eight-hour balloting period will begin at 9am instead of 8am in the by-election while Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs) will be used in all the polling stations of the constituency.
Dhaka, June 2 (UNB) – Gonoforum President Dr Kamal Hossain and its general secretary Reza Kibria on Sunday demanded the release of BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia and other political prisoners before the Eid-ul-Fitr.
In a message on the occasion of eid, they said, “We demand that former Prime Minister Khaleda Zia and all other political prisoners be freed before the eid.”
The Gonoforum leaders also urged the government to withdraw all the ‘false’ cases and stop repression by police so that all can celebrate the eid with their family members.
They greeted the country’s people on the occasion of Eid-ul-Fitr.
“The people of all communities in the country enjoy the eid with their limited ability. This is our tradition and it’ll remain in the future as well,” the Gonoforum leaders said.
Eid-ul-Fitr, one of the biggest religious festivals of the Muslims, will be celebrated in the country either on June 5 or June 6 subject to Shawwal moon sighting.
Dhaka, June 1 (UNB) – BNP senior leader Khandaker Mosharraf Hossain on Saturday demanded the release of their chairperson Khaleda Zia from jail before the Eid-ul-Fitr on humanitarian ground.
“The Prime Minister’s target was to hang onto power through vote robbery by sending Khaleda Zia to jail. You (PM) have already completed your tasks. So, what’s the necessity to keep her (Khaleda) in jail now?” he said.
Speaking at a discussion, he further said, “Begum Zia is sick. I demand her release freed before the eid on humanitarian ground.”
Mosharraf, a BNP standing committee member, also warned the government that people are getting ready to take to the streets to have Khaleda released from jail. “All the fascist regimes in the past had to quit in the face of mass anger. You’ll also meet the same fate.”
Bangladesh Jatiya Dal arranged the programme at the Jatiya Press Club, marking the 38th death anniversary of BNP founder Ziaur Rahman.
On February 8, 2018, Khaleda was sent to Old Dhaka Central Jail as she was convicted in Zia Orphanage Trust graft case. She has been receiving treatment at Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University (BSMMU) since April 1.
Stating that various plots are on to destroy BNP, Mosharraf urged the party leaders and workers to work for strengthening their organisational strength following the party constitution.
“The government is carrying out various campaigns that BNP is facing disunity and various internal problems. We would like to say BNP is as strong as it was in the past. Our leaders and activists are also united under the leadership of Khaleda Zia,” he said.
The BNP leader also bemoaned that morality and truth is now getting defeated to greed and falsehood. “Under the circumstances, we must hold the ideals of our party founder Ziaur Rahman to restore democracy in and the country.”
Dhaka, May 31 (UNB) – BNP senior leader Moudud Ahmed on Friday said their party chairperson Khaleda Zia’s release from jail depends on goodwill of the government since the judiciary is unable to work independently.
“Khaleda Zia isn’t getting bail due to the government’s political influence. Her release from jail now depends on the government’s goodwill,” he said.
The BNP leader urged the government to free Khaleda as soon as possible. “We won’t have any other alternative to waging a movement if you don’t free her, and we’ll surely set her free through a movement.”
Moudud, a BNP standing committee member, came up with the remarks while distributing iftar items among the destitute in the city’s Uttar Kafrul area marking BNP founder Ziaur Rahman’s 38th death anniversary.
He alleged that Khaleda has been kept in jail by convicting her in ‘baseless’ cases in absence of the rule of law. ““The country now lacks the rule of law and multiparty democracy. The judiciary has no independence either.”
The BNP leader said though they have long been making their best efforts to get bail in the cases filed against Khaleda Zia. “We couldn’t free her on bail only for lack of goodwill of the government.”
He alleged that the government has resorted to serious repressive acts after establishing one-party rule in the county. “Our many leaders and activists still remain traceless while many others are on the run to evade arrest in false cases. They can’t stay in their houses. We want to get rid of such a situation.”
Moudud urged the government to take steps for holding a fair and credible election so that people can elect their representatives through exercising their right to franchise.
He also said people turned down the December-30 election as they did not get any scope to elect their representatives with their votes.
“Let’s establish a government with true public representatives and build a democratic political culture in the county. We also need to have a tolerant social system to ensure the peaceful coexistence of both the ruling and opposition parties,” the BNP leader observed.
Dhaka, May 30 (UNB)- The Dhaka University Central Students' Union (Ducsu) has given Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina a lifetime membership of the student body despite opposition from its Vice-President Nurul Haque Nur.
The decision was taken at its second executive meeting held at the Ducsu Bhaban on the university campus on Thursday.
Vice-Chancellor Prof Dr Md Akhtaruzzaman, the ex-officio chief of Ducsu, presided over the meeting which approved a Tk 18.9 million budget for 2019-20 fiscal.
Apart from Nur, Social Service Affairs Secretary Akhtar Hossen also opposed the idea of lifetime membership to the prime minister. Nur and Hossen were the only non-Chhatra League candidates to win the Ducsu election marred by allegations of irregularities.
The Ducsu VP did not sign the media statement.
“I wasn’t supporting the proposal from the beginning as the election was questionable,” he said. “It’d be unwise to give lifetime membership to a respected person like the prime minister in this Ducsu. I don’t understand how they tabled such a proposal.”