Awami League on Thursday night announced the names of 32 more leaders of its full-fledged central committee.
AL General Secretary Obaidul Quader announced the names at a press conference at AL president’s Dhanmondi political office around 9pm.
The names of the new leaders came five days after the triennial national council of the ruling party.
On the last day of the two-day council on December 21, the partial central committee was announced.
The newly-announced names are:
Organising secretaries: Afzal Hossain and Shafiul Alam Chowdhury Nadel; Finance secretary: Begum Owasika Asha Khan; Information and research secretary: Dr Selim Mahmud; Labour and employment secretary: Habibur Rahman Siraj; Deputy publication secretary: Aminul Islam Amin; Deputy office secretary: Sayem Khan.
Abul Hasnat Abdullah, Mofazzal Hossain Chowdhury Maya, Qamrul Islam, Mostafa Jalal Mohiuddin, KM Jahangir, Nurul Islam Thandu, Badar Uddin Ahmed Kamran, Dipankar Talukdar, Amirul Islam Milon, Akhtar Jahan, Dr Mushfiq, Riazul Kabir Kawsar, Merina Jaman Kabita, Parvin Zaman Kalpana, Hosne Ara Lutfur Dalia, Safura Khatun, Sanjida Khanam, Anwar Hossain, Anisur Rahman, Shahabuddin Farazi, Iqbal Hossain Apu, Golam Rabbani Chinu, Marufa Akhtar Popy, Remond Areng and Gloria Sarkar Jharna.
However, no name was announced against the posts of organising secretary, finance secretary, industries and commerce secretary and religious affairs secretary.
On December 21, Sheikh Hasina and Obaidul Quader were unanimously reelected president and general secretary of Awami League for the next three years.
With this, Sheikh Hasina was elected the AL chief for the ninth consecutive time while Quader for straight second term.
Jatiya Oikyafront Convener Dr Kamal Hossain on Thursday said they will take to the streets uncompromisingly to ‘restore’ democracy and people’s voting rights by strengthening their unity further.
“We all decided today (Thursday) that we’ll consolidate our unity further to realise our voting rights and make the elections meaningful,” he said.
Talking to reporters after an emergency meeting of Oikyafront’s steering committee at his Motijheel chamber, Dr Kamal also said they want to ‘restore’ people’s ownership of the country so that they can exercise their voting right and enjoy other rights.
“We’ll make our unity stronger so that people can play their role as the owners of the country. On the basis of that unity, we’ll stand up together uncompromisingly, and keep our unity intact,” he added.
Jatiya Samajtantrik Dal (JDS) president ASM Abdur Rob said their meeting has decided to stage a demonstration programme in Dhaka on December 29, protesting the ‘vote robbery’ in the 11th parliamentary election.
He said the programme will be held in front of the Jatiya Presses Club at 2pm.
Asked whether they have sought permission from police for the programme, Rob said it is not necessary to take permission for holding a programme in front of the Jatiya Press Club.
Nagorik Oikya convener Mahmudur Rahman Manna said they have worked out the demonstration programme for December 29 as the ‘vote robbery’ took place on that day last year.
He warned that they will announce similar programme for two more days if the government obstructs their demonstration on December 29.
On Sunday, BNP announced to hold protest rallies across the country, including the capital, on December 30 to observe what it says ‘democracy-killing day’, marking the first anniversary of the 11th parliamentary election.
Besides, the party leaders and activists all over the country will wear black badges while black flags will be hoisted atop all of its party offices, including Nayapaltan central one, the same day to register the party’s protest against the December-30 national election held last year.
BNP along with Gonoforum and some other parties joined the national election in alliance under the banner of Jatiya Oikyafront. BNP bagged six seats while Gonoforum two in the election.
The party and its alliances turned down the election results bringing the allegation of various irregularities, including ‘massive vote robbery and nighttime ballot stuffing’.
They have also been demanding reelection, annulling the December-30 voting since the announcement of the results.
However, eight Oikyafront MPs joined parliament.
Only BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir, who was elected MP from Bogura-six seat, did not take oath of office.
Three BNP leaders -- Asaduzzaman Ripon, Tabith Awal and, Engineer Ishraque Hossain -- collected its nomination papers on Thursday to contest the upcoming Dhaka city corporation elections.
The trio collected the nomination forms from BNP’s Nayapaltan central office as the party decided to participate in the Dhaka South City Corporation (DSCC) and Dhaka North City Corporation (DNCC) election.
Of them, Asaduzzaman Ripon and Tabith Awal have planned to contest the DNCC polls while Ishraque the DSCC election.
Tabith Awal, a BNP executive member, also contested the DNCC election in 2015.
Asaduzzaman Ripon is BNP’s special secretary and former president of Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal, while Ishraque Hossain is a member of BNP, and son of former mayor of undivided Dhaka city Sadeque Hossain Khoka.
Apart from mayoral candidates, many BNP leaders also collected their party’s nomination forms to vie for councillor posts in the elections to the two cities.
BNP senior joint secretary general Ruhul Kabir Rizvi said their party nomination seekers can collect the form at Tk 10,000 each from the party's central office by 4pm on Friday.
He said the aspirants will have to submit the nomination forms to the BNP office along with Tk 100,000 security money by 4pm the same day.
Later, the party nomination board will interview the aspirants on Saturday at the party chairperson's Gulshan office.
The elections to Dhaka South and North city corporations will be held on 30 January next, according to a schedule announced by chief election commissioner KM Nurul Huda on Sunday.
Incumbent DNCC Mayor Atiqul Islam, and ruling party MPs Haji Mohammad Salim and Sheikh Fazle Noor Taposh on Wednesday collected Awami League nomination forms for contesting the elections to two Dhaka city corporations.
Of them, Salim and Taposh bought nomination forms to participate in the election to Dhaka South City Corporation (DSCC) while Atiqul in Dhaka North City Corporation (DNCC) polls.
On behalf of Taposh, his uncle Mamun Serniabat collected the nomination form from the AL president’s Dhanmondi political office while Haji Salim’s personal secretary Mohiuddin Ahmed Belal for him.
DNCC mayor’s personal secretary Saifuddin Imon collected the nomination form for Atiqul.
Eight contenders have so far bought AL nomination forms for the two city corporations. The others include Bangabandhu Academy President Nazmul Haque and former Secretary General of Muktijoddha Central Command Council MA Rashid for the DSCC election while Bangabandhu Foundation Joint General Secretary Shahidullah Osmani for the DNCC polls.
However, incumbent DSCC Mayor Sayeed Khokon is yet to collect the nomination form.
Each aspirant has to pay Tk 25,000 for the nomination form.
The distribution of forms will continue from 8am to 5pm every day till December 27.
The applicants will have to submit their forms by 6pm on Friday (December 27) for the DNCC and DSCC polls scheduled to be held on January 30.
Awami League General Secretary Obaidul Quader on Wednesday hoped that all the political parties, including BNP, will join the upcoming elections to two city corporations of Dhaka as the polls will be free and fair.
“We welcome BNP to join the election as it’ll be free and fair. This is what Prime Minister and Awami League President Sheikh Hasina wants,” Quader said.
Quader, also Road Transport and Bridges Minister, was addressing a reunion event, organised by Dhaka University Political Science Department Alumni Association (DUPDAA) at TSC auditorium.
The Awami League leader said the elections will be competitive and anyone can win the polls.
Quader further said, “The Election Commission will get all the necessary support from the government so that it can exercise its full authority. It won’t be a big problem for the government if we lose.”
The AL general secretary said having dissenting and diverse views in politics are quite natural but unfortunately intolerance is growing in Bangladesh politics. “These days, politicians talk like reckless drivers …poison like formalin is coming out from their words.”
Quader stressed the need for reviving the culture of respect in politics and building political bridges to check polarisation.