Dhaka, Dec 17 (UNB) - Jatiya Oikyafront chief Dr Kamal Hossain on Monday said their alliance will remain there in the election race until the last, no matter what adversities it faces.
Dr Kamal made the remark at a press briefing at Nirbachan Bhaban here after a two-and-half hour meeting with Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) KM Nurul Huda.
"If the government thinks we’ll boycott the election amid its ongoing tricks, that’s wrong. It won’t happen. Even if I die, the alliance won’t boycott the election. My body will be carried to polling station, if necessary, to vote," Dr Kamal said.
The Oikyafront chief further said, "The election must take place. If they think that ugly attacks will emotionally make us to surrender and boycott the election, they are wrong.”
Dr Kamal said they will try their best so that their demands are granted by the Election Commission.
He, however, alleged that the commission is not fully exercising the power given to it.
Leaders of Jatiya Oikyafront, led by Dr Kamal, went to the Election Commission to meet the CEC in the afternoon.
The team reached the Nirbachan Bhaban around 1:30pm.
The other leaders are MirzaFakhrul Islam Alamgir, ASM Abdur Rob, MahmudurRahman Manna, Dr Abdul MoyeenKhan, Nazrul Islam Khan, MostafaMohsinMontu and KhairulKabirKhokon.
Dr Kamal said, "We’ve informed the commission that we’ve received countless complaints from across the country that this election is all about muscle power."
He said their candidates and supporters are being attacked constantly while no one of them can raise voice in their constituencies.
The Oikyafront chief said a reign of terror has been established to discourage other candidates which he has never witnessed in his 55 years of election experience.
He told the reporters that they informed the EC about violent crimes against them, including attack in Mirpur. "The CEC said they had felt embarrassed, but embarrassment won't do unless effective actions are taken."
Mentioning the power vested upon the EC he said, "As per the Constitution, the EC holds the power to control law enforcement agencies and order administration to ensure people's rights."
"No opposition candidate is getting any chance for electioneering. Have you seen any other party's poster instead of a particular one’s? If you ever see please inform me so that I can also see," he said.
Dr Kamal said as long as he is alive he will keep demanding that the election right of people which was attained at the cost of martyrs' blood be ensured.
Oikyafront thinks that necessary actions regarding the attack on them in Mirpur should be taken within the day after tomorrow.
Kamal urged the reporters to ask the Commission why it is not using the constitutional power vested upon it.
ASM Abdur Rob said Oikyafront urged the EC to deploy army from today.
Dhaka, Dec 17 (UNB) – BNP is going to roll out its own election manifesto for the 11th parliamentary elections on Tuesday, a day after launching of the election manifesto by its alliance Jatiya Oikyafront.
BNP senior leaders, led by its secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir, will present the party’s manifesto at a city hotel at 11am, BNP Chairperson’s media wing member Sayrul Kabir Khan told UNB on Monday.
He said BNP’s election manifesto has been formulated in light of its Vision ‘2030’ presented by the party’s chairperson Khaleda Zia in May, 2017.
The ruling Awami League is also set to unveil its election manifesto on the same day.
Meanwhile, Jatiya Oikyafront, the key alliance of BNP, presented its 35-point election manifesto with various promises, including ensuring the balance between the power of the President and the Prime Minister, and introducing upper house in Parliament.
Dr Kamal Hossain, the chief of the alliance, unveiled the election manifesto at a city hotel.
Dhaka, Dec 17 (UNB) - Left Democratic Alliance leader Ruhin Hossain Prince on Monday said suitable environment for electioneering is yet to be created in the country.
After handing over a complaint letter to the Election Commission Secretary, Prince, presidium member of Communist Party of Bangladesh, briefed reporters at Nirbachan Bhaban in the city.
He said they complained to the commission about the attacks on their party candidates across the countryas well as the fictitious cases filed against them.
“In some places where returning officers are taking proper actions, we're seeing progress. The Commission has agreed with us that if election officials complete their tasks properly, a fair poll can take place," he added.
He also said if the law enforcement agencies don’t comply with the EC's directives then it will be the liability of the commission.
“People of Bangladesh are yet to participate in the electioneering of the upcoming election. We have confidence on the commission that they will create a proper election environment," he said.
Dhaka, Dec 17 (UNB) – Awami League will launch its election manifesto on Tuesday, ahead of the 11th national election slated for December 30.
AL Assistant Office Secretary Biplob Barua told UNB that Prime Minister and party president Sheikh Hasina will unveil the manifesto at Pan Pacific Sonargaon Hotel here at 10 am.
According to sources at AL sub-committee on its election manifesto, Awami League will release a pro-youth election manifesto giving priority to balanced development of the country, quality education and employment opportunities for youth.
According to the leaders, Awami League is focusing on the new voters in this election as they can bring about a major change in the election.
The Awami League sub-committee on its election manifesto, headed by its Presidium member Abdur Razzaque, was assigned to finalise its draft manifesto encompassing issues relating to economic growth and human resource development as its plans to return to power for the third consecutive time.
Other members of the committee included Prime Minister’s Economic Affairs Adviser Mashiur Rahman, PM’s Political Affairs Adviser HT Imam, Premier University Vice-Chancellor (VC) and Awami League Adviser Dr Anupam Sen, former Dhaka University VC AAMS Arefin Siddique and Awami League Organising Secretary Mohibul Hasan Chowdhury Nowfel.
The source also said the main slogan of the ruling party for the 11th general election is ‘Bangladesh’s road to prosperity’. Its previous slogan was ‘Bangladesh is moving forward’.
Dhaka, Dec 17 (UNB) – Leaders of Jatiya Oikyafront led by its chief Dr Kamal Hossain went to the Election Commission to meet Chief Election Commissioner KM Nurul Huda on Monday afternoon.
The team reached the Nirbachan Bhaban in the city around 1:30 pm.
The other leaders are Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir, ASM Abdur Rob, Mahmudur Rahman Manna, Dr Abdul Moin Khan, Nazrul Islam Khan, Mostafa Mohsin Montu and Khairul Kabir Khokon.
The Jatiya Oikyafront team is likely to submit several complaints over incidents in 31 districts, including the arrest of BNP and Oikyafront leaders by police over false allegations of violating election code of conduct, vandalising their houses while conducting raids and terror activities by Awami League leaders and activists and others.