Dhaka, Nov 28 (UNB) – Awami League General Secretary Obaidul Quader on Wednesday said some party leaders have been kept out of the election race so that they can work for the party during the election.
"We need skilled and experienced leaders during the election. Skilled leaders are usually seen taking part in the election. But some of them are kept outside the election so that they can conduct the election activities properly,” he said while addressing a press briefing at the party chief’s Dhanmondi political office.
Quader was referring to party's joint general secretaries Jahangir Kabir Nanak and Abdur Rahman, and organising secretaries BM Mozammel Haque and AFM Bahauddin Nasim who failed to get the party nominations to contest the upcoming general election slated for December 30.
He said Prime Minister and party President Sheikh Hasina talked to them and advised them to work for the party. “She told them that all don’t participate in the election in democratic politics. Some stay away from the election for managing and handling the party activities. You can see Indian politics where it happens," he added.
About the Grand Alliance nominations, the ruling party leader said those who are popular and enjoy good position in their constituencies will get the tickets. “There’s nothing to be confused in this regard. The final and full list will be published before the withdrawal of candidature.”
Issuing a note of warning, he said those who will not withdraw the nomination as per the party decision will face tough actions.
Dhaka, Nov 28 (UNB) – BNP has formed an election steering committee headed by its standing committee member Nazrul Islam Khan to oversee the election activities of the party.
The committee has been formed as per the party high command’s decision, BNP chairperson’s media wing member Sayrul Kabir Khan told UNB on Wednesday.
He said the names of other members of the committee will be announced very soon.
Nazrul, also the coordinator of the 20-party alliance, did not file his nomination to contest the election from any seat as he was made the chief of the BNP election steering committee, party insiders said.
Sylhet, Nov 28 (UNB) – Finance Minister AMA Muhith on Wednesday said a congenial election environment is now prevailing in the country.
“There’s no conflicting atmosphere this time no matter who says what,” he said while talking to reporters on the premises of the Deputy Commissioner’s office.
Muhith was accompanying his younger brother Dr AK Abdul Momen who submitted the nomination paper to the returning officer for contesting the general election as an Awami League candidate from Sylhet-1 constituency.
The veteran minister also said the present government developed the country in such a way that Awami League will register a landslide victory in the forthcoming election billed for December 30.
Thakurgaon, Nov 28 (UNB) – BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir on Wednesday said their party is taking part in the general election to have their chairperson Khaleda Zia freed from jail and people’s voting rights restored.
“We’re also in the election race to restore democracy and people’s all rights,” he said while talking to reporters after submitting his nomination paper here.
Fakhrul together with party leaders and activists went to the district returning officer’s office around 3:30pm and submitted his nomination paper to contest the election from Thakurgaon-1 constituency.
The BNP leader said he is also going to contest the polls from Bagura-6 parliamentary seat following the directives of the party high command.
“We hope democracy will win and the autocracy will fall through the election as per people’s hopes and aspirations,” he added.
Earlier, current MP and Awami League-nominated candidate from the same seat Ramesh Chandra Sen submitted his nomination paper to the returning officer around 11:30am.